Savita to lead Indian women’s hockey team in FIH Nations Cup in December, Navjot makes comeback

India on Wednesday named a 20-member workforce for the ladies’s FIH Nations Cup hockey event to be performed in Valencia, Spain from December 11 to 17 with midfielder Navjot Kaur making a return after lacking out the Commonwealth Video games earlier this 12 months.

Goalkeeper Savita Punia will proceed to guide the workforce whereas veteran defender Deep Grace Ekka will likely be her deputy.

The FIH Ladies’s Nations Cup is a vital fixture within the worldwide calendar because the champions of this event will likely be promoted to the FIH Ladies’s Professional League 2023-2024 season. India are grouped in Pool B together with Chile, Japan and South Africa whereas Pool A consists of Eire, Italy, Korea and Spain.

India will open their marketing campaign in opposition to Chile on the opening day of the event. Younger ahead Magnificence Dungdung is all set to make her worldwide debut on the event whereas the skilled Navjot Kaur returns to the squad after lacking the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games because of COVID-19 an infection.

The workforce additionally contains, reserve goalkeeper Bichu Devi Kharibam, whereas drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita and Ishika Chaudhary will kind the line of defense together with Ekka. The midfield will function Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Kharibam, Monika, Neha, Sonika, Jyoti and Navjot Kaur, whereas the forwardline can have Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sangita Kumari and Dungdung.

The Indian girls, who not too long ago gained bronze on the Birmingham CWG in August, completed a powerful third of their maiden outing within the 2021-22 FIH Professional League, behind Argentina and the Netherlands. The upcoming event will present the Indians a chance to qualify for FIH Professional League 2023-2024 season.

“I’m very proud of the efficiency of the complete enjoying group on this camp. Our degree is getting larger and the group may be very aggressive. It was tough to select 20 gamers however I imagine this group can have likelihood to carry out nicely and present what we now have been engaged on,” chief coach Janneke Schopman mentioned in an announcement issued by Hockey India.

The Staff:
Goalkeepers: Savita (captain), Bichu Devi Kharibam.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (vice-captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary.
Midfielders: Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Sonika, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur.
Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sangita Kumari, Magnificence Dungdung.

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