A turning point in Ranis career

Rani Rampal has been sidelined by injuries in recent years . The 27-year-old led India to a fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics .

In Bengaluru, Rani Rampal has been the flag bearer of Indian women's hockey for more than 12 years.The 27-year-old, who led India to a fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics, has been sidelined by injuries in recent years and is now at a crossroads.The World Cup in Netherlands and Spain (July 1-17) and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, respectively, have been ruled out.Her absence has been attributed to her recovery from injury.

On her return to the squad, Rani failed to play in the first four matches of India's FIH Pro League campaign, putting in a lot of time and resources to return to the field.Ranis was excluded from India's World Cup squad just a few days before, with chief coach Janneke Schopman citing her injury recovery.Except for Rani, who is still recovering from injury, the team has all of the players who were part of the Olympic campaign, she said.Schopman said on Thursday that while the CWG squad led by goalkeeper Savita Punia was selected, it was vital for us to select a physically fit squad because the recovery time between the two events is just about ten days.

Goalkeepers: Savita (C), Rajani Etimarpu; Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita; Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete; Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami