Commonwealth Games 2018: Rani Rampal to lead Indian ladies’ hockey group, goalkeeper Savita Punia returns
Commonwealth Games 2018: Ace striker Rani Rampal will chief a 18-in number Indian ladies’ group, while experienced goalkeeper Savita Punia will bear the obligations of bad habit skipper at one month from now’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Hockey India said on Wednesday.
The Indian group has been assembled in Pool An alongside Malaysia, Wales, England and South Africa at the multi-brandish occasion planned to start on 4 April. India will start their battle on 5 April against Wales.
27-year-old Savita, who is making an arrival to the group in the wake of having been refreshed for the as of late finished up voyage through South Korea, will be joined by Rajani Etimarpu in objective.
The barrier unit is pressed with understanding and coarseness as Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will hope to keep out the restriction’s assaults.
Monika, Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal and Lilima Minz will frame the midfield while Rani, Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Poonam Rani, who came back to the squad amid South Korea visit, will shape India’s assault.
The Indian group is as of now positioned No 10 on the planet and will confront firm rivalry from higher positioned groups, for example, World No 2 England, World No 4 New Zealand and World No 5 has Australia.
In any case, boss mentor Harendra Singh is certain that the decided group can cause tremendous bombshells on the back of winning the five-coordinate arrangement in South Korea.
We have played with a similar arrangement of players for a long stretch so the players have framed an awesome comprehension among themselves which was apparent amid our 2017 Asia Cup triumph,” he said.
“The group additionally performed well in South Korea to beat a higher-positioned side and we will hope to cause a couple of miracles and go for the platform as the spirit is high going into the renowned Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games.
Singh additionally respected the consideration of the accomplished goalkeeper Savita, who is as of now in Oman experiencing a Goalkeeping instructing course.
The Junior Men’s World Cup-winning mentor stated, Savita is a necessary piece of the group and acquires a great deal of experience objective for us. She has played more than 200 counterparts for her nation and has performed in critical matches of huge competitions. In this way, it regards have her back in the group as she helps the cautious and hostile players too by conferring her aptitude.
The Indian Women’s Hockey group had won the gold decoration at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in England in the wake of overcoming the hosts 3-2 after additional time in the last match and stowed the silver award in the resulting 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Nonetheless, the group has just figured out how to complete fifth in the 2010 and 2014 versions of the quadrennial competition.
Captain Rani is certain that her group can rehash the accomplishment of 2002 and 2006 in Australia.
“We go into the competition in great frame in the wake of winning the arrangement in South Korea and keeping in mind that we have just completed fifth in the two past events, this time we will hope to complete on the platform,” the 23-year-old said.
“We have an incredible arrangement of players with a blend of understanding and youth. The group’s yearning to win will surely be a key factor in us performing admirably at the Games.
Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (VC), Rajani Etimarpu
Protectors: Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam.
Midfielders: Monika, Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz.
Advances: Rani (C), Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Poonam Rani.
(This Story Originating From FIRSTPOST)