India women's national field hockey team
The Indian women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Nabhvarna) is ranked 9th in the FIH World Rankings.
|Assistant coach(es)||Erik Wonink|
|Manager||Kumar C. R.|
|Current||9 (1 March 2020)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1980)|
|Best result||4th (1980)|
From February 2018, the state government of Odisha started sponsoring Indian national field hockey team, both men and women team. In a first-of-its-kind association, the state has decided to support the India's field hockey team for next five years.
The team's breakthrough performance came at the Women's Hockey World Cup at Mandelieu in 1974, where it finished in 4th place. Their best performance in the Olympic Games was at 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics (where they came in 4th), when a women's event was held for the first time in Olympic history. The team also won the Gold medal at the inaugural 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi, defeating Korea in the finals. Captain Suraj Lata Devi led the team to the Gold for three consecutive years at different events- during the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, and the 2004 Women's Hockey Asia Cup. Team members were referred to as the "assi (Jasjeet) jaisi koi nahi" or the "Golden Girls of Hockey," after the 2004 win. The team earned a 3rd-place finish at the 2013 Women's Hockey Asia Cup at Kuala Lumpur defeating China in a shootout. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it finished in 5th place but at 2014 Asian Games, Incheon stunned Japan 2-1 in a tight match to clinch their third bronze medal at the Asian Games. During the summer of 2015, the team hosted the Round 2 of the 2014–15 Women's FIH Hockey World League and finished on top to qualify for the next stage. At the World League Semifinals held in Antwerp the team finished in the fifth place beating higher ranked Japan in classification match. The Indian woman's national field hockey team qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics for the first time since the 1980 Summer Olympics. They were eliminated in the group stage, however, where they placed 6th.
2002 Commonwealth Games and Chak De! India (2007)Edit
The 2002 Commonwealth Games Squad, led by Captain Suraj Lata Devi, competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The team entered the finals after defeating the Australian women's national field hockey team and placed first, winning the Gold after they beat the English women's hockey team.
This event served as the inspiration for the 2007 Bollywood film about women's field hockey, Chak De! India starring Shah Rukh Khan (after screenwriter Jaideep Sahni read a short article about it). Sahani began to model the character of Kabir Khan on hockey coach Maharaj Krishan Kaushik. After hearing the storyline, Kaushik suggested that Sahani meet hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi (who faced accusations of throwing the match against Pakistan during the 1982 Asian Games). Sahani has stated that he was unaware of Negi's tribulations while writing the script and that the resemblance with Negi's life was entirely coincidental. Negi affirmed this point stating that he didn't "want to hog the limelight. This movie is not a documentary of Mir Ranjan Negi's life. It is in fact the story of a team that becomes a winning lot from a bunch of hopeless girls". In response to the fact that the media equated Kabir Khan with Negi, Sahani said that "Our script was written a year and a half back. It is very unfortunate that something, which is about women athletes, has just started becoming about Negi."
|3||Hockey Asia Cup||2||2||2||6|
|2||Asian Champions Trophy||1||2||1||4|
|13||Hockey Champions Challenge||–||–||1||1|
- Note:Position with Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.
Asian Champions TrophyEdit
- Summer Olympics
- During the 2008 Women's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier, the team ranked fourth in the "Qualifying Two" event. Rani Devi received the Most Promising Young Player of the Tournament award. (Squad)
- Hockey World Cup
- During the 2001 Women's Hockey World Cup Qualifier, the team ranked 7th. Sanggai Chanu received the Young Player of the Tournament award. (Squad)
- Hockey Champions Challenge
- During the 2002 Hockey Champions Challenge, Jyoti Sunita Kullu received the Topscorer award for five goals. (Squad)
Dhyan Chand Award
Mary Dsouza Sequeira (1953–1963)
- Arjuna Awards
The following is a list of recipients for the Arjuna award in hockey recipients (by year):
- Helen Mary, 2004
- Suraj Lata Devi (former captain), 2003
- Mamta Kharab, 2002
- Madhu Yadav, 2000
- Tingonleima Chanu, 2000
- S. Omana Kumari, 1998
- Pritam Rani Siwach (former captain), 1998
- Prem Maya Sonir, 1985
- Rajbir Kaur, 1984
- Varsha Soni, 1981
- Eliza Nelson, 1980–1981
- Lorraine Fernandes, 1976–1977
- A. Kaur, 1975–1976
- Dr. Otilia Mascarenhas, 1973–1974
- Sunita Puri, 1966
- Elvira Britto, 1965
- Yvonne Smith, 1962
- Anne Lumsden, 1961
Head coach: Sjoerd Marijne
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club|
|11||GK||Tejaswini Rajshekar||1 June 2001||169||Hockey Bangalore|
|13||GK||Rajani Etimarpu||9 June 1990||80||Railways|
|26||DF||Sunita Lakra||11 June 1991||139||NALCO|
|3||DF||Deep Grace Ekka||3 June 1994||164||Railways|
|17||DF||Tejaswini Rajshekar||7 February 1987||219||Railways|
|2||DF||Gurjit Kaur||25 October 1995||55||Hockey Punjab|
|6||DF||Reena Khokhar||10 April 1993||14||Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy|
|19||MF||Namita Toppo||4 June 1995||149||Western Railways|
|31||MF||Lilima Minz||10 April 1994||116||Railways|
|4||MF||Monika Malik||5 November 1993||117||Central Railways|
|32||MF||Neha Goyal||15 November 1996||36||Haryana|
|1||MF||Navjot Kaur||7 March 1995||133||Rail Coach Factory|
|8||MF||Nikki Pradhan||8 December 1993||69||Railways Sports Promotion Board|
|28||FW||Rani Rampal (C)||4 December 1994||213||Railways|
|16||FW||Vandana Katariya||15 April 1993||201||Central Railways|
|25||FW||Navneet Kaur||26 January 1996||40||Western Railways|
|20||FW||Lalremsiami||30 March 2000||25||Sports Authority of India|
|18||FW||Udita||14 June 1998||15||Hockey Haryana|
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