CWG 2018: Rani Rampal to lead Indian women’s hockey team


Striker Rani Rampal will head Indian women hockey's 18-member squad at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Indian team is grouped in Pool ‘A’ along with Malaysia, England, South Africa and Wales against whom they'll begin their campaign on April 5.

Experienced goalkeeper Savita Punia will shoulder the duties of vice-captain as she makes a return to the team after having been rested for the recently concluded tour of South Korea. The 27-years-old, Savita Punia will be accompanied by Rajani Etimarpu in goal while the defence unit is packed with experience and grit as Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will look to keep out the opposition’s attacks.

Chief Coach Harendra Singh welcomed Savita's inclusion in the squad and believed his team can cause huge upsets against higher-ranked opponents on the back of winning the five-match series 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 said.



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