Vandana named captain for Asian Champions Trophy

Vandana Katariya will lead the 18-member Indian squad at the Asian Champions Trophy in Singapore later this month.

Vandan Katariya will lead the Indian team which has two goalkeepers, five forwards, six midfielders and five defenders.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Forward Vandana Katariya was today named as captain of the 18-member Indian women hockey squad for the Asian Champions Trophy, scheduled to be played in Singapore from October 29.

Defender Sunita Lakra was named as the vice-captain of the side as Sushila Chanu, who led the side during the Rio Olympic Games has been omitted. The Indian team has two goalkeepers, five forwards, six midfielders and five defenders.

The tournament will feature defending Champions Japan, China, Korea and Malaysia apart from India.

“Though the Olympics could have ended better for the girls, they are high on confidence as they got to see what it really takes to play at the highest level and are vying to showcase top quality hockey during the Asian Champions Trophy,” said chief coach Neil Hawgood. “The team has been training at SAI, Bhopal over the past three weeks and are looking fresh from a well-deserved break post Rio.”

Vandana feels the tournament will help the team access where they stand.

“I feel honoured to lead the team as they are a great bunch and we understand each other’s weak and strong points. Rio was a great experience and there is a lot of scope for us to improve and I feel this tournament will help us understand where we stand and how we can improve our game as a team as well as individually,” she said.



Squad

GOALKEEPERS: Savita and Rajani Etimarpu

DEFENDERS: Deep Grace Ekka, Renuka Yadav, Sunita Lakra, Hnialum Lal Ruat Feli and Namita Toppo

MIDFIELDERS: Nikki Pradhan, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Rani, Deepika and Navdeep Kaur.

FORWARDS: Poonam Rani, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Vandana Katariya, Preeti Dubey and Punam Barla.