Staging a comeback to the Indian side at the Hockey World League Final after a gap of almost six- eight months, Sushila Chanu who missed the 2018 World Cup and the Asian Games due to injury, is looking at the Spain Tour as a big opportunity to regain her confidence.
Chanu gathered attention for her performance at the 2014-15 World Hockey League Semifinals where the Indian team updated higher ranked teams including, most notably Japan, for a fifth place finish. She also led the team at Rio Olympics.
The halfback is also currently employed as the junior ticket collector in the Central Mumbai Railway.
This is not the first time Chanu was out of the team due to injurty. In the begining of 2016, she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) but her resilience helped her come back in time for the Rio Olympics 2016.
India will continue to be led by Rani Rampal, who captained the side at the Womens World Cup in London in 2018.
India will play four matches against Spain and two against the 2018 World Cup runners-up Ireland.
The team includes goalkeepers, Savita and Rajani Etimarpu. India have also inlcluded young defender Salima Tete, who led the the U-18 team to a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
The Indian backline has a lot of experience in Deep Grace Ekka, Reena Khokhar, Nikki Pradhan and drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur.
The midfield features Lilima Minz, Karishma Yadav, Sonika and Neha Goyal. And the forward-line has Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Udita and Navjot Kaur.
The Indian team will leave for Spain on 24 January from Bengaluru where they have been training for the past two weeks for the National Camp.