Hockey India announces 18-man squad for FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup
Hockey India on Tuesday selected an 18-member Indian women’s hockey team for the much-awaited FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup to be held in the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to July 17, 2022. India are placed in Pool B along with England, New Zealand. And China will start their campaign on 3 July against nemesis England, having lost the bronze medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The Indian team will be captained by ace goalkeeper Savita and vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka.
The 20-member team includes goalkeeper Savita and Bichu Devi Kharibam. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita have been named along with midfielders Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monica, Neha, Jyothi, Navjot Kaur, Sonika and Salima Tete.
The forwardline has the very experienced Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi, while talented young stars Akshata Abso Dhakale and Sangeeta Kumari have been named as replacement players.
In the previous edition of the prestigious quadrennial event held in London, the Indian team advanced to the quarter-finals, but lost to Ireland in a shootout after a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time. Ireland, who beat India 3-1 in a shootout, played in the final of the World Cup and ended their campaign with a silver medal.
Speaking about the team selection, head coach Janneke Schopmann said, “We have selected the best team for the World Cup. It is a mix of experience and young talent who showed great promise when given a chance against the top teams in the FIH. is. Pro League.”
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“Except Rani, who is still not fully recovered from injury rehabilitation, the team has all the players who were part of the Olympic campaign with inclusions like Jyoti and Sonika, who did well in their roles when given the opportunity We will also have Sangeeta and Akshata who will travel with the team as replacement players. The team is absolutely excited and eager to start their World Cup campaign and we will be using the next ten days from Pro League performances. Will do to improve our game base analysis.”
The Indian team will play their group stage matches in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and if they finish at the top of the group, they will also play in the quarterfinals in Amstelveen, before the team advances to the semi-finals in the knockout stage and final base qualification in Teresa, Spain. Let’s go The crossover matches for Pool B will be played in Spain.
Indian women’s squad for FIH Women’s World Cup:
1. Savita (c)
2. Bichu Devi Kharibam
3.Deep Grace Ekka (VC)
8. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
12. Navjot Kaur
14. Salima Tete
15. Vandana Kataria
17. Navneet Kaur
18. Sharmila Devi
19. Akshata Abso Dhakele