Forward Rani Rampal was 29 June 2018 named as the captain of India’s 18-member squad for the women’s hockey World Cup to be played in London next month. Hockey India 29 June 2018 announced the 18-member Indian women’s team for the prestigious tournament which is slated to begin on July 21.
India has been placed in Pool B alongside hosts and world no. 2 England, world no. 7 USA and world no. 16 Ireland. While experienced Rani will lead the team, goalkeeper Savita has been named as her deputy. The tournament will also witness the return of goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu after having rested for the Spain Tour. India’s defence will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and youngster Reena Khokhar who makes a comeback into the team.
Skipper Rani returned to the team during their Spain Tour and will again be leading her team’s forward-line. The ace-striker will be linking up with the experienced Vandana Katariya while Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami and Udita will also provide them support in attack. On the team’s balance, the Dutchman said, “We have a good blend of experience and youth in the team. The recent Spain Tour has given the team great confidence to do well at the World Cup. Our focus is on the first match against England.