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Commonwealth Games 2022: Savita Punia to lead 18-member women's hockey team, Rani Rampal misses out

Veteran player Rani Rampal failed to make the cut after she failed to recover from an injury she sustained after the Tokyo Olympics.

VS Aravind Edited by: VS Aravind New Delhi Published on: June 23, 2022 16:39 IST
Savita Punia
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Savita Punia will lead the Indian women's hockey team at the Commonwealth Games. 


  • Savita Punia to lead Indian women's hockey team at Commonwealth Games 2022
  • Regular captain Rani Rampal fails to make the cut due to fitness issues
  • Deep Grace Ekka has been named Savita Punia's deputy

Savita Punia will lead an 18-member Indian women's hockey team at the upcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG), Hockey India announced on Thursday. In a major development, star player Rani Rampal was left out after she failed to regain full fitness. 

"We have chosen an experienced side for the Commonwealth Games and the players believe they have a good shot at a medal this time. The team is upbeat after a good outing in the FIH Pro League matches and understand very well that the expectations are also high," said chief coach Janneke Schopman. 

"We would have finished our World Cup campaign only days before the CWG so it was very essential for us to pick a physically fit team as the recovery time between the two events is just about 10 days," added Schopman.

Indian Women's Hockey Team for CWG

Goalkeepers: Savita (C), Rajani Etimarpu | Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita | Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete | Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Sangita Kumari.

The Commonwealth Games team is very similar to the one taking part in the World Cup next month.

The side will be captained by goalkeeper Savita while experienced defender Deep Grace Ekka will be her deputy in the Birmingham CWG, to be held from July 28 to August 8.

The duo will also take the same roles in the World Cup, to be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17.

There are only three changes in the CWG squad from the World Cup team. Rajani Etimarpu was named in place of Bichu Devi Kharibam as number two goalkeeper while

World Cup team member Sonika (midfielder) was left out from the CWG squad.

Forward Sangita Kumari, who was named as one of the replacement players for the World Cup, figured in the CWG team as a full member.

India have been placed in pool A along with England, Canada, Wales and Ghana. They will begin their campaign on July 29 against Ghana.

Rani, who led the Indian women to a historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics, was picked for the recent FIH Pro League matches in Belgium and Netherlands after recovering from a hamstring injury.

She didn't feature in the first four games of the side's European leg of Pro League, raising doubts about her fitness.
Eventually, it cost her a place in the World Cup-bound squad.

In the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, India had finished fourth after losing to England in the bronze medal match.

However, after an impressive campaign in their maiden FIH Pro League where they finished overall third behind Argentina and the Netherlands, the Indian team is looking for a podium finish in Birmingham.

(Inputs PTI)