With the upcoming FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League matches against Germany on the horizon, Hockey India on Wednesday announced a 22-member women’s hockey squad for the Indian team which will play the world no. 5 team this weekend in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
The German team, returning to the FIH Pro League for the first time since October last year will face the Nabhvarna from 12th to 13th March and the matches will take place at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The men’s matches, however, were postponed indefinitely after COVID cases affected the German team.
Goalkeeper Savita will be leading the women’s squad as the captain, with defender Deep Grace Ekka joining as the vice captain. Defender Akshata Abaso Dhekale from Maharashtra and striker Deepika Jr of Haryana, who garnered applauds for their performances at the Hockey India National Championship have also made the cut.
Midfielder Sonika will be making a comeback to the squad after a gap of two years. The forward line will have Lalremsiami along with Rajwinder Kaur, Sharmila Devi and Navneet Kaur.
“It’s an exciting time for us playing yet again two back-to-back Pro League games at home against an esteemed opponent,” said chief coach Janneke Schopman, “Germany is a very consistent team with probably the best basic skills around the world. They defend very well and are quick to attack. I feel we have selected a nice mix of young talent and experience, and we’re looking to build on our performance vs Spain.”
Check out the full 22-member Indian Women’s squad below:
Goalkeepers- Savita (Captain), Bichu Devi Kharibam
Defenders- Deep Grace Ekka (Vice Captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Akshata Abaso Dhekale
Midfielders- Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Monika, Neha, Navjot Kaur, Sonika
Forwards- Rajwinder Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Mariana Kujur, Deepika
Standbys- Rajani Etimarpu, Ishika Chaudhary, Namita Toppo
- Hockey India has announced a 22-member Indian women squad to face Germany in the upcoming FIH Pro League matches
- Goalie Savita will be leading the team with defender Deep Grace Ekka as the vice captain
- The matches will be played from 12th to 13th March at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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