Talisman striker and former captain Rani Rampal was on Tuesday dropped from the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team led by goalkeeper Savita Punia for next month’s FIH World Cup. Rani, an inspirational captain and forward who led Indian women to a historic fourth place in the 2020 Olympics, was selected for the recent FIH Pro League matches in Belgium and the Netherlands after recovering from a hamstring injury that kept her out was. Action after the Tokyo Games.
Despite being part of the team, Rani did not appear in the first four matches of the European stage of the Pro League, raising doubts about her overall fitness, which eventually led to her being included in the squad for the World Cup.
Apart from Rani’s exit, there are no more surprises as India went in to a tried and tested squad that have been playing together for a long time.
Besides Rani, defenders Ishika Choudhary and Akshata Abso Dhakale, midfielder Baljit Kaur and striker Sangeeta Kumari were dropped from India’s recent FIH Pro League squad as the team management relied on the core group of players.
The Netherlands and Spain will jointly co-host the World Cup from July 1 to 17.
While Savita will continue to lead the team, Deep Grace Ekka continues to be her deputy.
Apart from Savita, Bichu Devi Kharibam is the other goalkeeper in the 18-member team.
The defense will be under the watch of Deep Grace, which will also have the support of Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan and Udita, while Nisha, Sushila Chanu will be in charge of Pukhrambam, Monica, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Sonika and Salima Tete. Midfield.
The forwardline has the very experienced Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi, while talented young stars Akshata and Sangeeta have been named as replacement players.
India are placed in Pool B along with England, New Zealand and China and will begin their campaign on July 3 against nemesis England, having lost their bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.
In the previous edition of the prestigious quadrennial event held in London, the Indian team advanced to the quarter-finals before losing to Ireland in a shootout.
India’s head coach Janneke Schopman said, “We have selected the best team for the World Cup. It is a mix of experience and young talent that has stood out against the top teams in the FIH Pro League.” release.
“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 the inclusion of Jyothi and Sonika, who did well in their roles when given the opportunity Is.
“We will also have Sangeeta and Akshata traveling with the team as replacement players. The team is absolutely excited and eager to start their World Cup campaign.” India will play their group stage matches in Amstelveen, Netherlands and if they finish on top of the group, they will also play the quarterfinals in Amstelveen before the team moves to Teresa, Spain for the semi-finals and final.
The crossover matches for Pool B will be played in Spain.
India’s squad for Women’s FIH World Cup 2022
Goalkeepers: Savita (c), Bichu Devi Kharibam.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita.
Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu, Pukhrambam, Monica, Neha, Jyothi, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Salima Tete.
Forwards: Vandana Kataria, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi.
Replacement Players: Akshata Abso Dhakale, Sangeeta Kumari.
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