Savita Punia to lead India for Asia Cup 2022 in Muscat

Savita Punia will lead India at the upcoming women's Asia Cup in Muscat, Since regular skipper, Rani Rampal is recovering from an injury in Bengaluru.

Savita Punia to lead India for Asia Cup 2022 in Muscat
2020 Tokyo Olympic performer, Savita Punia who is leading the Indian Women's Hockey Team to participate in the Asia Cup-2022 Championships being played at Muscat, Oman. File Photographs by Rajeev Bhatt

Savita will lead the side in the tournament, which is scheduled to be held between Jan. 21-28 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Hockey India recently announced an 18-member squad for the event, including 16 players that featured at the Tokyo Olympics.

Players doing workout at poolside of the team hotel in Muscat, Oman prior to the Women's Asia Cup 2022 on Jan. 17, 2022. Photo: @TheHockeyIndia

"Our main focus will always be on ourselves. We have seen videos of recent matches of Malaysia Japan, Korea, China, and other teams and we have prepared for them. But every team has their strengths and weaknesses and hence, we aim to focus on ourselves," Savita said.

"We have to ensure we remain strong when taking and defending penalty corners. When we play attacking hockey, we must ensure we also remain tight on defense. If we focus on our strengths, then the opposition will themselves find it difficult to challenge us," she added.