In the absence of Rani Rampal, who is going through a rehab process, goalkeeper Savita Punia will lead an 18-member Indian hockey team in the women’s Asian Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held at Donghae, Korea, from December 5 to 12.
Navjot Kaur and youngster Suman Devi Thoudam have been chosen as alternate players.
“Despite some injuries and senior players joining the under-21 team for the Junior World Cup in South Africa, I feel we have selected a good team. This tournament will be a good opportunity for some young players to get a taste of the highest international level. I am sure the expectations are high after our success at the Tokyo Olympics but we all start at zero again,” said chief coach Janneke Schopman.
India, the 2018 edition’s silver medallist, will meet Thailand on December 5, followed by Malaysia on December 6 and defending champions Korea on December 8. India will play China on December 9 and Japan on December 11. The final will take place between the top two teams on December 12.
Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (captain), Rajani Etimarpu; Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (vice-captain), Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur; Midfielders: Nisha, P. Sushila Chanu, Namita Toppo, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Lilima Minz; Forwards: Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Rajwinder Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Sonika.