Star striker Rani Rampal has been ignored of the Indian girls’s hockey squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Video games, with goalkeeper Savita Punia set to steer the 18-member squad which was introduced on Thursday. Rani had earlier been ignored of the squad for the upcoming FIH World Cup after being unable to get well totally from a hamstring damage. Coach Janneke Schopman had mentioned on the time that Rani is but to completely get well from the knock that has saved her largely out of motion since she led the staff’s inspirational efficiency finally yr’s Tokyo Olympics.
Skilled defender Deep Grace Ekka might be her deputy within the Birmingham CWG, to be held from July 28 to August 8, as is the case within the World Cup.
There are solely three modifications within the CWG squad from the World Cup staff. Rajani Etimarpu was named instead of Bichu Devi Kharibam as quantity two goalkeeper whereas World Cup staff member Sonika (midfielder) was ignored from the CWG squad. Ahead Sangita Kumari, who was named as one of many alternative gamers for the World Cup, figured within the CWG staff as a full member.
India’s marketing campaign begins on July 29. They’ve been positioned in Pool A with Ghana, whom they face of their first match, England, Canada and Wales.
Rani, who led the Indian girls to a historic fourth-place end on the Tokyo Olympics, was picked for the current FIH Professional League matches in Belgium and Netherlands after recovering from a hamstring damage.
She did not characteristic within the first 4 video games of the facet’s European leg of Professional League, elevating doubts about her health. Ultimately, it price her a spot within the World Cup-bound squad.
Within the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Gold Coast, India had completed fourth after shedding to England within the bronze medal match. Nevertheless, after a formidable marketing campaign of their maiden FIH Professional League the place they completed general third behind Argentina and the Netherlands, the Indian staff is on the lookout for a podium end in Birmingham.
Talking in regards to the staff choice, chief coach Janneke Schopman mentioned, “We’ve chosen an skilled facet for the Commonwealth Video games and the gamers consider they’ve a superb shot at a medal this time.
“The staff is upbeat after a superb outing within the FIH Professional League matches and perceive very nicely that the expectations are additionally excessive.
“We might have completed our World Cup marketing campaign solely days earlier than the CWG so it was very important for us to choose a bodily match staff because the restoration time between the 2 occasions is nearly 10 days,” added Schopman.
Indian Girls’s Hockey Staff for CWG:
Goalkeepers: Savita (c), Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (vc), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita
Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete
Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Sangita Kumari.