Savita’s current head coach on Monday (February 21) named the 22-member Indian team captain, who is set to make his debut in the FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League against Spain in Bhubaneswar this month. In the absence of Rani Rampal, who is also recovering from an injury in Bengaluru, Savita will continue to lead the team, while defender Deep Grace Ekka will be his assistant in a two-legged trip to Spain on February 26 and 27.
Under Savita’s leadership, Indian women finished third in the Asian Cup in Muscat, Oman last month. The 22-member team will have a new look at young Jharkhand Sangita Kumari, who will make his debut next weekend. The team has three keepers in Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Bichu Devi Khairbam, who are additions to the team.
Four players have been added to the Indian squad from the Asia Cup squad. Besides Bichu Devi, three other extra players are defender Ishika Chaudhary, midfielder Namita Toppo, duo of Sangita and Rajwinder Kaur.
Indian hockey names a 22-member team for the Women’s Hockey Team before the FIH Pro League matches against Spain.
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Indian hockey selections also mentioned five stand-up performers – Rashmita Minz, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Sonika, Mariana Kujur and Aishwarya Rajesh Chauvan – for double-header.
Commenting on the team, head coach Janneke Schopman said: “We are delighted to have started our home Pro League game vs Spain. We had two good training weeks after our return from Oman and I believe the 22 selected players will be ready to explain what They can do against Spain. When you have a pool of strong players, selecting a team is always difficult but I am happy to see that new players are making a lot of progress and delivering a lot of promise.
Schopman said India will have to be on their toes to beat Spain in their opening FIH Pro League tie. “Spain are a strong opponent, they have always performed only at the highest level losing some of the finals in Tokyo and winning the bronze medal at the last World Cup. They are very smart and play from strict defense, so we are here to use our speed and ingenuity and strong security to compete against them. ”
Guardians: Savita (Captain), Bichu Devi Kharibam, Rajani Etimarpu.
Defenders: Jin Grace Ekka (Vice-President), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary.
Adults: Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Monika, Neha, Navjot Kaur, Namita Toppo.
Ahead: Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Rajwinder Kaur.
Standby: Rashmita Minz, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Sonika, Mariana Kujur, Aishwarya Rajesh Chavan.