India women's hockey team will play matches against New Zealand and Great Britain during their New Zeland tour. Rani will lead the 20-member squad
New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday (January 14) named a 20-member Indian women's hockey team for the New Zealand tour to begin on January 25 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The team is led by Rani with Savita as her deputy. It consists of Rajini Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu, Nisha, Namita Toppo, Udita, Monika, Lilima Minz, Neha, Sonika, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur.
While the team's first match is against the New Zealand Development Squad on January 25, they will play against the New Zealand women's team on January 27 and 29 followed by a match against Great Britain on February 4 and then conclude the tour with another match with the New Zealand women's team on February 5.
Speaking about the tour, chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “I want to use this tour to create more competition within this group. Although we are taking a 20-member team, in some matches we will use 16 players because we play with 16 players at the Olympics and in some matches we will play 18 members. The players have to show their best and I want to see how they perform under pressure and stay in the right rhythm for matches.”
He further added that playing against the World no.5 England/ Great Britain and World No.6 New Zealand provides a great opportunity to be our best and I want the fearless attitude on display during the tour," Marijne said.
Rani (captain), Savita (vice-captain), Rajini Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu, Nisha, Namita Toppo, Udita, Monika, Lilima Minz, Neha, Sonika, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur.
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