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Meet Best Women Hockey Players of India: Our Country's Pride

Meet Best Women Hockey Players of India: Our Country's Pride
Best Women Hockey Players of India

Indian Women's Hockey Players are currently running in the best form. They are giving their record-breaking performance back-to-back.

Their best performances were Champions of Women’s Asia Cup 2017 and got 3rd position in 2022.

They made history in India for the first time by reaching the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. They defeated world champion Australia then.

Women's Hockey World Cup began on 1st July and our eyes are on our country’s best players.

Surely not all of you know about our Chak De Girls.

Check out the list of best women hockey players of India- and their Inspirational journey.

Savita Punia-

Women Hockey Players of India- Savita Punia

She is a goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team and is known as the "Great Wall of India", because of her outstanding performance in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

She was encouraged by her grandfather to play the sport for a country. When she was young, she used to travel 30 km every day from her village Jodhkan to a school in Sirsa.

Later, she joined the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to practice hard and become the best women's hockey player of India.

Savita Punia debuted in an international game in 2008.

Deep Grace Ekka-

Best Women Hockey Players of India: Deep Grace Ekka

Defender of the Indian Women Hockey Team was born in Lulkidhi the small village of Sundergarh District of Odisha.

Her father, brother, and uncle were all local players, so she got constant support from her family.

But her neighbor's criticized her choice and they used to say “ladko waala game khelti hai” why doesn’t she learn household chores.

She didn’t pay attention to them and kept playing and made it to the Indian Team. She helped the team to win the Asian cup in 2017.

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Rani Rampal-

Best Women Hockey Players of India: Rani Rampal

Captain of the Indian Women Hockey Team made her international debut at the age of 14.

Rani hails from Shahabad of Kurukshetra district Haryana. She is from a poor family, her mother worked as a domestic helper and her father worked as a cart puller, who earn the meager amount of 80rs/day.

She was inspired by hockey players who played near her house at a neighboring hockey academy and decided to join.

But her father couldn't afford her a hockey stick so she played with the broken one.

In her captaincy, India won a silver medal in 2018 Asian Game.

Vandana Katariya-

Vandana Katariya

Team forward, from Roshnabad, Uttarakhand used to play hockey since her childhood. She is considered to be one of the best women's hockey players of India

Her father Nahar Singh Katiyar, a wrestler stood by her side.

But he passed away just three months before the Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately, she couldn't attend his funeral due to training.

And later she became the first woman to achieve a hat trick score in Tokyo Olympics. Vandana paid tribute to her father with this victory.

Gurjit Kaur-

Best Women Hockey Players of India: Gurjeet Kaur

Gurjit was born to a family of farmers in Miadi Kalan village in Amritsar, Punjab.

Her passion for hockey arose when she joined boarding school in Kairon in the Tarn Taran district of Punjab.

Gurjit is a drag-flicker in the team and got attention when she converted India’s lone penalty corner into the score. She left the Australian team in shock during the Tokyo Olympic game with this move.

She received Women's Player of the Year Award by the International Federation of Hockey in the year 2020-21.

Sushila Chanu-

Best Women Hockey Players of India: Sushila Chanu

Born in Imphal, Manipur to a driver's father and homemaker mother. Her uncle motivated her to start playing hockey and enrolled her at the Posterior Hockey Academy in Manipur.

She made her international debut in 2008 at the Women's Hockey Junior Asia Cup and the team won a bronze medal.

She is the best women's hockey player of India, because of her defensive skills. She didn't allow the Australian team to score a goal in Tokyo Olympic 2020 Quarterfinals.

Lalremsiami-

Best Women Hockey Players of India: Lalremsiami

22-year-old Mizoram, striker born in a financially-troubled family. But through her father's support, she made it to the team.

When she entered the team, she didn’t understand Hindi and English. But through the support of her teammates, she learned to speak both languages.

Her father's demise took place a day before the semi-finals against Chile in the FIH series. But she didn’t attend her father’s funeral and stay with her team. This attitude shows her team spirit.

Salima Tete-

Best Women Hockey Players of India: Salima Tete

20-year-old coming from the Naxalite affected region Badkichapar village in Jharkhand. Born in a farmer's family, her father encourages her to play hockey.

She used to play with a wooden stick because her family couldn't afford her. She worked at the farm to buy herself a brand-new hockey stick.

She made her international debut in 2017 and is known for her tough and defensive playing style.

Through their determination, these players made their name as the best Women Hockey players of Team India. Currently, they are appearing in the Women's Hockey World Cup 2022, we are praying for their success.

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