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Skilled goalkeeper Savita Punia will shoulder the duties of vice-captain as she makes a return to the crew after having been rested for the just lately concluded tour of South Korea. Savita, 27, might be accompanied by Rajani Etimarpu in objective whereas the defence unit is full of expertise and grit as Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will look to maintain out the opposition’s assaults.
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Chief Coach Harendra Singh welcomed Savita’s inclusion within the squad and believed his crew could cause large upsets towards higher-ranked opponents on the again of profitable the five-match collection in South Korea Three-1.
“Savita is an integral a part of the crew and brings numerous expertise in objective for us. She has performed over 200 matches for her nation and has carried out in essential matches of huge tournaments. Due to this fact, it’s good to have her again within the crew as she helps the defensive and offensive gamers as nicely by imparting her experience,” Harendra stated.
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“We have now performed with the identical set of gamers for an extended interval so the gamers have shaped a fantastic understanding between themselves which was evident throughout our 2017 Asia Cup triumph. The crew additionally carried out nicely in South Korea to beat a higher-ranked facet and we might be seeking to trigger a number of upsets and intention for the rostrum because the morale is excessive going into the distinguished Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Video games.”
The ladies’s hockey crew infamously received the Gold Medal on the 2002 Commonwealth Video games in England after defeating the hosts Three-2 after extra-time within the closing match, and received the silver medal within the subsequent 2006 Commonwealth Video games in Australia as they misplaced within the Closing to the hosts. Nonetheless, the crew has solely managed to complete fifth within the 2010 and 2014 editions of the quadrennial event.
Skipper Rani though, is assured that her crew can repeat the feat of 2002 and 2006 in Australia.
“We go into the event in good kind after profitable the collection in South Korea and whereas we’ve solely completed fifth within the two earlier events, this time we are going to look to complete on the rostrum as we’ve a fantastic set of gamers with a mix of expertise and youth. The crew’s starvation to win will definitely be a key think about us performing nicely on the Video games,” Rani stated.
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