Skipper Rani Rampal rested for Asian Champions Trophy, Savita to lead Indian team

The tournament is scheduled to be played in Donghae, South Korea from December 5-12. File photo

The tournament is scheduled to be played in Donghae, South Korea from December 5-12. File photo

Captain Rani Rampal has been rested for the following month’s Women’s Asian Champions Trophy and in her nonappearance bad habit chief Savita will lead a 18-in number Indian hockey group. The competition is scheduled to be played in Donghae, South Korea from December 5-12.

India start their mission on the first day of the season and will fight it out against China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia in the single-pool competition for top distinctions.

Savita, who was named the FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, will chief the side as customary captain Rani has been refreshed and is in recovery in Bengaluru.

Experienced protector Deep Grace Ekka will be supporting Savita as the bad habit chief.

Advances Lalremsiami and Sharmila Devi and midfielder Salima Tete, who were essential for the Indian group that completed fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, pass up a great opportunity. The three are important for the lesser crew, which will strive for the top distinctions at the FIH World Cup, beginning in South Africa from December 5.

Namita Toppo, who was the substitute player at the Tokyo Olympics, just as her state-mate from Odisha Lilima Minz, are likewise important for the group.

The forward line will see double cross Olympian Vandana Katariya lead the accuse of Navneet Kaur, who additionally was essential for the Tokyo Olympic crew.

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Advances Rajwinder Kaur, Mariana Kujur and Sonika also have been named in the group.

The midfield incorporates Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nisha, Monika, Neha, Jyoti.

Navjot Kaur and youth Suman Devi Thoudam have been picked as substitute players, who will be allowed to play provided that there is a physical issue or somebody in the 18-part crew is controlled out of the competition because of Covid-19.

Talking about the group sythesis, boss mentor Janneke Schopman said, “Regardless of some heartbreaking wounds and senior players joining the lesser group for the Junior World Cup in South Africa, I feel we have chosen a decent group for the impending Women’s Asian Champions Trophy.”

This will be Schopman’s first task as lead trainer having taken over from Sjoerd Marijne. She was before filling in as the side’s scientific mentor.

“This competition will be a decent chance for some youthful new players to experience the most noteworthy worldwide level and I’m eager to check whether we can carry out our preparation subjects reliably.

“I’m certain that assumptions are high after our prosperity at the Tokyo Olympics however we as a whole beginning at zero once more. I’m certain that we can show our capacities and will be searching for our group to play reliably at a high speed,” Schopman added.

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While India will play their initial match against Thailand on December 5, they play Malaysia daily later, on December 6, and reigning champs Korea in their third game on December 8. India then, at that point, play China and Japan on December 8 and 11, separately.

The final will happen on December 12 between the clincher of the pool and the group that completed second in the pool. This will be the Indian ladies’ group’s first competition since the Tokyo Olympics.

Squad:

Goalkeepers : Savita (Captain) , Rajani Etimarpu

Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur

Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Namita Toppo, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Lilima Minz

Forwards: Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Rajwinder Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Sonika. PTI

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