Rani Rampal to lead India in women’s hockey World Cup
New Delhi: Forward Rani Rampal was Friday named as the captain of India’s 18-member squad for the women’s hockey World Cup to be played in London next month.
Hockey India today announced the 18-member Indian women’s team for the prestigious tournament which is slated to begin on July 21.
India have been placed in Pool B alongside hosts and world No. 2 England, world No. 7 USA and world No. 16 Ireland.
While experienced Rani will lead the team, goalkeeper Savita has been named as her deputy.
The tournament will also witness the return of goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu after having rested for the Spain Tour.
India’s defence will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and youngster Reena Khokhar who makes a comeback into the team.
In the midfield, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur and Nikki Pradhan will hold fort.
Skipper Rani returned to the team during their Spain Tour and will again be leading her team’s forward-line. The ace-striker will be linking up with the experienced Vandana Katariya while Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami and Udita will also provide them support in attack.