Commonwealth Games 2022: India announce 18-member ladies hockey group Savita to lead, Rani misses

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Commonwealth Games 2022: India announce 18-member women hockey team; Savita to lead, Rani misses

The
India
CWG
team
is
very
similar
to
the
one
taking
part
in
the
World
Cup
next
month.

The
side
will
be
captained
by
goalkeeper
Savita
Punia
while
experienced
defender
Deep
Grace
Ekka
will
be
her
deputy
in
the
Birmingham
CWG,
to
be
held
from
July
28
to
August
8.

The
duo
will
also
take
the
same
roles
in
the
World
Cup,
to
be
co-hosted
by
the
Netherlands
and
Spain
from
July
1
to
17.

There
are
only
three
changes
in
the
CWG
squad
from
the
World
Cup
team.
Rajani
Etimarpu
was
named
in
place
of
Bichu
Devi
Kharibam
as
number
two
goalkeeper
while
World
Cup
team
member
Sonika
(midfielder)
was
left
out
from
the
CWG
squad.

Forward
Sangita
Kumari,
who
was
named
as
one
of
the
replacement
players
for
the
World
Cup,
figured
in
the
CWG
team
as
a
full
member.
India
have
been
placed
in
pool
A
along
with
England,
Canada,
Wales
and
Ghana.

They
will
begin
their
campaign
on
July
29
against
Ghana.
Rani,
who
led
the
Indian
women
to
a
historic
fourth-place
finish
at
the
Tokyo
Olympics,
was
picked
for
the
recent
FIH
Pro
League
matches
in
Belgium
and
Netherlands
after
recovering
from
a
hamstring
injury.

Rani Rampal misses out

Rani
Rampal
misses
out

She
didn’t
feature
in
the
first
four
games
of
the
side’s
European
leg
of
Pro
League,
raising
doubts
about
her
fitness.

Eventually,
it
cost
her
a
place
in
the
World
Cup-bound
squad.
In
the
2014
Commonwealth
Games
in
Gold
Coast,
India
had
finished
fourth
after
losing
to
England
in
the
bronze
medal
match.

However,
after
an
impressive
campaign
in
their
maiden
FIH
Pro
League
where
they
finished
overall
third
behind
Argentina
and
the
Netherlands,
the
Indian
team
is
looking
for
a
podium
finish
in
Birmingham.

Speaking
about
the
team
selection,
chief
coach
Janneke
Schopman
said,
“We
have
chosen
an
experienced
side
for
the
Commonwealth
Games
and
the
players
believe
they
have
a
good
shot
at
a
medal
this
time.

“The
team
is
upbeat
after
a
good
outing
in
the
FIH
Pro
League
matches
and
understand
very
well
that
the
expectations
are
also
high.

“We
would
have
finished
our
World
Cup
campaign
only
days
before
the
CWG
so
it
was
very
essential
for
us
to
pick
a
physically
fit
team
as
the
recovery
time
between
the
two
events
is
just
about
10
days,”
added
Schopman.

Indian
Women’s
Hockey
Team
for
CWG:

Goalkeepers:

Savita
Punia
(captain),
Rajani
Etimarpu.

Defenders:

Deep
Grace
Ekka
(vc),
Gurjit
Kaur,
Nikki
Pradhan,
Udita;

Midfielders:

Nisha,
Sushila
Chanu
Pukhrambam,
Monika,
Neha,
Jyoti,
Navjot
Kaur,
Salima
Tete;

Forwards:

Vandana
Katariya,
Lalremsiami,
Navneet
Kaur,
Sharmila
Devi,
Sangita
Kumari.

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