Take a bow captain: Know about 23-year-old Rani Rampal, who is leading India Women Hockey team
Know about 23-year-old Rani Rampal, who’s leading India Women Hockey team
India Women's National Field Hockey captain, Rani Rampal accomplished the feat of playing in 200 international games in March 5 this year. She has many feathers in her hat and crossed several milestones at the young age of 23. Yes, the young and bright captain of the Indian team has a long way to go in her career at present and is determined to bring more laurels to the country.
Here are some must-know facts about the shining sports star of the country.
At the age of 15, Rani played her first hockey world cup. She became the youngest player in the national team to participate in the 2010 World Cup.
Not only that, she was the top scorer in the team during the tournament.
Rani was awarded the Arjuna award in 2016 for her accomplishments in hockey and was made the captain of the India Women's National Field Hockey team in 2017.
Rani comes from a poor family of Kurukshetra district in Haryana where her father worked as a cart-puller.
Rani took up hockey at the young age of nine and the sport soon became her life from there on.
In 2009, Rani gave her best shot during Champion’s Challenge Tournament in Kazag, Russia, and led India to win the cup by scoring four goals in the finals.
She was bestowed ‘The Top Goal Scorer’ and ‘Young player of the tournament’ in the tournament.
Rani again played a crucial role during Asia Cup 2009, where India settled for a silver. She was also awarded the ‘player of the tournament’ at the 2013 Junior World Cup, where India won a bronze medal.
Apart from hockey, Rani favourite sports are badminton and tennis. Her favourite sports star is Saina Nehwal, whom she considers a very good friend.
The India captain doesn't follow cricket as she finds the game boring.