Defender Akshata Abaso Dhekale and striker Deepika Jr are the 2 new faces in a 22-member Indian girls’s hockey staff, which can tackle international no.5 Germany within the FIH Professional League suits right here on Saturday and Sunday.
Goalkeeper Savita has been named captain with skilled defender Deep Grace Ekka proceeding to help as vice-captain.
Each Akshata of Maharashtra and Haryana’s Deepika Jr have been handpicked within the senior core crew following their spectacular performances within the Hockey India Nationwide Championship.
Speaking in regards to the staff variety, Indian girls’s hockey staff leader trainer Janneke Schopman mentioned: “It’s a thrilling time for us taking part in over again two back-to-back Professional League video games at house towards an esteemed opponent.
“Germany is an overly constant staff with most likely the most efficient fundamental abilities all over the world. They protect really well and are fast to assault. I believe we’ve got decided on a pleasant mixture of younger skill and revel in and we’re taking a look to construct on our efficiency vs Spain.”
The Indian girls are lately positioned 3rd within the FIH Professional League standings with 9 issues from 4 video games that come with 3 wins and one loss.
The Indian girls had defeated China 7-1 and 2-1 respectively in Muscat of their FIH Professional League opening ties ahead of profitable one (2-1) and shedding 3-4 towards Spain on the Kalinga Stadium right here remaining month.
Indian girls’s staff:
Goalkeepers: Savita (Captain), Bichu Devi Kharibam.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (Vice-Captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Akshata Abaso Dhekale.
Midfielders: Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Monika, Neha, Navjot Kaur, Sonika.
Forwards: Rajwinder Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Mariana Kujur, Deepika.
Standbys: Rajani Etimarpu, Ishika Chaudhary, Namita Toppo.