FIH Hockey Womens World Cup 2022: The Indian women’s hockey team for the FIH Women’s World Cup 2022 has been announced. But next month striker Rani Rampal will not be able to participate in the mega event as the former captain is still undergoing rehabilitation for an injury. Recently there were reports that Rani had recovered from her injury and traveled with the team to Rotterdam for the final round of FIH Pro League matches. However, on Tuesday, head coach Janek Schopman said she was still undergoing rehabilitation for the injury.
In his absence, goalkeeper and captain Savita will continue to lead the 18-man squad along with defender Deep Grace Ekka (vice-captain). Savita had led the Indian team in FIH Pro League matches this year and the team performed well, which is currently ranked third in the event.
Hockey India on Tuesday selected an 18-member Indian women’s hockey team for the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup to be held in the Netherlands and Spain from July 1-17, retaining most of the players featured in last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. At that time the Indian team had missed out on the bronze medal.
In Pool B, India will begin their campaign with England, New Zealand and China on 3 July against England, having lost the bronze medal match in Tokyo. According to the Covid protocol, the 20-member team, including two additional players, also includes defenders Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita and midfielders Nisha, Sushila Chanu, Monika, Neha, Navjot Kaur, who were all part of the Olympic team.
The forward line has very experienced Vandana Kataria, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi. The selectors have picked talented young stars Akshata Dhakale and Sangeeta Kumari as additional players. In the last edition of the prestigious quadrennial event held in London, the Indian team reached the quarter-finals but lost to Ireland in a shootout after a 0-0 draw.
Speaking about the team selection, head coach Genek Schopman said, “We have picked the best team for the World Cup. It is a team with a mix of experience and young talent who have excelled when given opportunities against the top teams in the FIH. The game is shown.” “The team is absolutely excited to start their World Cup campaign and we will use the next ten days to improve our game-based analysis from Pro League performances,” he added.
The Indian team will play their group-stage matches in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and if they top the group, they will also play in the quarter-finals at Amstelveen. The semi-finals and final will be played in Teresa, Spain. The crossover matches for Pool B will be played in Spain.
Indian women’s squad for FIH Women’s World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Savita (captain) and Bichu Devi Kharibam.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (Vice Captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan and Udita.
Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monica, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Sonika and Salima Tete.
Forwards: Vandana Kataria, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi.
Additional Players: Akshata Abso Dhakale and Sangeeta Kumari.
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