29 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Three Odia players Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz have made it into the 18-member Indian Women's Hockey team for the forthcoming FIH Women's Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 scheduled to begin on 15 June. Hockey India on Wednesday named the team that will be Captained by Rani and Vice-Captained by Savita.
Grouped in Pool A along with Poland, Uruguay and Fiji, India will begin their campaign on the opening day against Uruguay while Pool B features 18th Asian Games Gold Medalist Japan, Chile, Russia and Mexico.
"We have a good balanced team with youth and experienced players. We have had good preparations, having played against different styles during our tour to Spain, Malaysia and Republic of Korea. We have done everything we could do to be well-prepared and now we will focus on getting off to a good start against Uruguay," said Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne about the team selected for the event.
Goalkeepers: Savita (Vice Captain), Rajani Etimarpu.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Nisha, Gurjit Kaur, Salima Tete, Sunita Lakra
Midfielders: Monika, Nikki Pradhan, Lilima Minz, Neha Goyal, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
Forwards: Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Jyoti.