Savita to lead Indian team at Women’s Asian Champions Trophy

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.

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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.

The squad:

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.

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