Bhubaneswar: As many as four players from Odisha have found place in 18-member Indian squad for the women’s hockey World Cup which is scheduled to begin from July 21 in London.
They are Deep Grace Ekka, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo and Sunita Lakra.
India have been placed in Pool B alongside hosts and world no. 2 England, world no. 7 USA and world no. 16 Ireland.
While experienced Rani Rampal will lead the team, goalkeeper Savita has been named as her deputy.
The tournament will also witness the return of goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu after having rested for the Spain Tour.
India’s defence will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and youngster Reena Khokhar who makes a comeback into the team.
In the midfield, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur and Nikki Pradhan will hold fort.
Skipper Rani returned to the team during their Spain Tour and will again be leading her team’s forward-line. The ace-striker will be linking up with the experienced Vandana Katariya while Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami and Udita will also provide them support in attack.
Indian women’s team
Goalkeepers: Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu.
Defenders: Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar.
Midfielders: Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur, Nikki Pradhan.
Forwards: Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Udita.