Hockey India on Tuesday announced the Indian junior women’s team for the South Africa tour which is due to start on February 14.
The Indian team, led by Preeti as captain and Rutaja Dadaso Pisal as vice-captain, will play a series of games against the South Africa women’s junior ice hockey team and the South Africa senior team on the tour between February 17 and 25.
India’s forward line includes Deepika Soreng, Deepika, Sunelita Toppo, Madugula Bhavani, Annu and Taranpreet Kaur. In midfield Jyoti Chhatri, Manju Chorsiya, Hina Banu, Nikita Toppo, Hritika Singh, Sakshi Rana and Rutaja Dadaso Pisal were given chances.
Preeti, Jyoti Sing, Neelam, Mahima Tete and Mamita Oram make up Indian’s defensive lineup on tour.
Aside from the 20 players, Aditi Maheshwari, Anjali Barwa, Edula Jyothi and Bhumiksha Sahu were named as four substitutes in the squad.
“The tour is a good opportunity for us to test our young group of talented players and give them the right kind of presentation. It’s important to us to ensure that we continue to provide ample play opportunities for players who are showing signs of progress. We’re hoping for good results on the tour,” said head coach Janneke Schopman.
Goalkeepers: Kurmapu Ramya, Madhuri Kindo
Defenders: Preeti (Captain), Jyoti Singh, Neelam, Mahima Tete, Mamita Oram
Midfielders: Jyoti Chhatri, Manju Chorsiya, Hina Banu, Nikita Toppo, Hritika Singh, Sakshi Rana, Rutaja Dadaso Pisal (Vice Captain)
Forwards: Deepika Soreng, Deepika, Sunelita Toppo, Madugula Bhavani, Annu, Taranpreet Kaur
Reserve players: Aditi Maheshwari, Anjali Barwa, Edula Jyothi, Bhumiksha Sahu