Striker Rani Rampal will lead the Indian women’s hockey squad with Savita as her deputy in the upcoming tour to Spain starting from January 26. Defender Sushila Chanu has made a comeback into the Indian side after missing the World Cup for the tour where India will meet Spain and Ireland.
Hockey India on Friday named the 18-member Indian Women's Hockey Team for the season opener in Spain starting 26 January where the team led by Rani and Vice-Captained by Savita will play four matches with Spain National Team and two matches against the 2018 Women's World Cup runners-up Ireland.
The team includes goalkeepers Savita and Rajani Etimarpu. The Indian team for Spain Tour will feature defender Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam who makes a comeback after missing out on the 2018 Women's World Cup and the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang last year due to injury. Defender Salima Tete, who led the India U-18 team to a Silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, has also been named in the team along with experienced Deep Grace Ekka, Reena Khokhar, Nikki Pradhan and drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur who will add strength to India's defence.
"The team has a different mix of players this time with some of the key players like Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo among
The Indian team will leave on 24 January for the Spain Tour from Bengaluru where they have been based for the past two weeks for the National Camp.
Savita (Vice Captain) , Rajani Etimarpu
Reena Khokhar, Deep Grace Ekka, Salima Tete, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
Lilima Minz, Karishma Yadav, Sonika, Neha Goyal
Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Udita, Navjot Kaur
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