New Delhi, May 29: Hockey India on Wednesday named the 18-member team for the forthcoming FIH Women's Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 starting June 15.
The Indian team for the coveted event will be led by Rani and Vice-Captained by Savita. Experienced goalkeeper Savita and Rajani Etimaru will guard India's goalpost while defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Nisha, Gurjit Kaur, Salima Tete and Sunita Lakra have been named in the squad. In the midfield, Monika, Nikki Pradhan, Lilima Minz, Neha Goyal and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam have been called-up while the forward-line features Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami and Jyoti.
Speaking about the team selected for the event, Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, "We have a good balanced team with youth and experienced players. Nisha is replacing injured Reena Khokar in the midfield and she has shown in training that she is worthy of the position and executes her role and sticks to the tasks as expected. She makes her International debut and I believe she will do well''.
Talking about the team's preparedness, Marijne said,''We have had good preparations, having played against different styles during our tour to Spain, Malaysia and Republic of Korea. We have done everything we could do to be well-prepared and now we will focus on getting off to a good start against Uruguay''.
India is grouped in Pool A along with Poland, Uruguay and Fiji while Pool B features 18th Asian Games Gold Medalist Japan, Chile, Russia and Mexico. India will begin their campaign on the opening day against Uruguay.
Goalkeepers - Savita (Vice Captain), Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders - Deep Grace Ekka, Nisha, Gurjit Kaur, Salima Tete, Sunita Lakra
Midfielders - Monika, Nikki Pradhan, Lilima Minz, Neha Goyal, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
Forwards - Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Jyoti. (UNI)