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20-member Indian women’s hockey team gears up for upcoming New Zealand tour

Hockey India on Tuesday named a 20-member Indian women's hockey team for the New Zealand Tour to begin on 25 January 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Hockey India on Tuesday named a 20-member Indian women’s hockey team for the New Zealand Tour to begin on 25 January 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. The team led by Rani and vice-captained by Savita 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. 

Rani Rampal
Image: Hockey India

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.” 

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. 

Indian women hockey
Image: Hockey India

Indian Team:

  1. Savita (Vice Captain)                                                                               
  2. Rajini Etimarpu                                                        
  3. Deep Grace Ekka                                                        
  4. Gurjit Kaur                                                                    
  5. Reena Khokhar 
  6. Salima Tete
  7. Sushila Chanu
  8. Nisha
  9. Namita Toppo
  10. Udita
  11. Monika
  12. Lilima Minz
  13. Neha
  14. Sonika
  15. Rani (Captain)
  16. Sharmila Devi
  17. Navneet Kaur
  18. Lalremsiami
  19. Vandana Katariya 
  20. Navjot Kaur
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