Rani Rampal to lead Indian women's hockey team at CWG

NEW DELHI: Striker Rani Rampal will head Indian women hockey's 18-member squad at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Indian group is grouped in Pool A at the side of Malaysia, England, South Africa and Wales - in opposition to whom they will start their marketing campaign on April five.

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Experienced goalkeeper Savita Punia will shoulder the tasks of vice-captain as she makes a go back to the group after having been rested for the recently concluded excursion of South Korea. Savita, 27, will probably be accompanied by means of Rajani Etimarpu in goal whilst the defence unit is packed with enjoy and grit as Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will glance to keep out the opposition’s assaults.

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Chief Coach Harendra Singh welcomed Savita's inclusion in the squad and believed his group may cause massive upsets in opposition to higher-ranked warring parties on the again of winning the five-match collection in South Korea 3-1.

"Savita is an integral part of the team and brings a lot of experience in goal for us. She has played over 200 matches for her country and has performed in crucial matches of big tournaments. Therefore, it is good to have her back in the team as she helps the defensive and offensive players as well by imparting her expertise," Harendra mentioned.

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"We have played with the same set of players for a long period so the players have formed a great understanding between themselves which was evident during our 2017 Asia Cup triumph. The team also performed well in South Korea to beat a higher-ranked side and we will be looking to cause a few upsets and aim for the podium as the morale is high going into the prestigious Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games."

The women's hockey group infamously gained the Gold Medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in England after defeating the hosts 3-2 after extra-time in the ultimate match, and gained the silver medal in the next 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia as they misplaced in the Final to the hosts. However, the group has only controlled to finish 5th in the 2010 and 2014 editions of the quadrennial match.

Skipper Rani even if, is assured that her group can repeat the feat of 2002 and 2006 in Australia.

“We pass into the match in good shape after winning the collection in South Korea and whilst we have only finished 5th in the two previous occasions, this time we will be able to glance to finish on the podium as we have a perfect set of players with a mixture of enjoy and youth. The group's hunger to win will surely be a key think about us performing well at the Games,” Rani mentioned.

Squad:


Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (VC), Rajani Etimarpu


Defenders: Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam


Midfielders: Monika, Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz


Forwards: Rani Rampal (C), Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Poonam Rani
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