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Sport Hockey
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 29 Dec 1991
Height1.60 m
Weight 49 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Shahabad Markanda, IND
Occupation Athlete, Inspector
Languages English, Hindi, Punjabi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age 12.
Why this sport? She loved the sport.
Name of coach Neil Hawgood [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward, Midfielder
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for India
Tournament Asian Games
Location Doha
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "This team qualified after a gap of 36 years, so this team is special." (sportskeeda.com, 17 Mar 2016)
Most influential person in career Her parents. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2014)
Hero / Idol India hockey player Mukesh Kumar. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Passion." (Athlete, 14 Sep 2014)
Awards and honours Hockey India named her as its Midfielder of the Year for 2015. (hockeyindia.org, 04 Apr 2016)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and after her playing career to become part of India's selection committee, or coach a state team. (dnaindia.com, 20 Mar 2015; firstpost.com, 30 Aug 2015)
Other information JOBS APPEAL
Following the team's bronze medal success at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, she urged India's big companies to offer jobs to women's hockey players to make the sport a more appealing prospect in the future. "A large chunk of the national team is employed with Railways, but it's not fair to bank only on Railways to give jobs to women hockey players. Entities like Indian Oil Corporation [IOC], Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited [BPCL], Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India [ONGC], as well as banks, among others, must come forward to offer jobs, or else no youngster will be encouraged to take up women's hockey. There is no doubt that there is a pressing need for more jobs for women hockey players." (sportskeeda.com, 06 Oct 2014)

The final match of the Round 2 stage of the 2014/15 World League in New Delhi, India was her 200th international match for India, and she marked it with the final goal in a 3-1 win over Poland. (sportskeeda.com, 06 Oct 2014)

She first captained India in 2011 and led the team to bronze medals at the 2013 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, which she described as her biggest moment as captain of the national team. (hockeyindia.org, 03 May 2014; sportskeeda.com, 06 Oct 2014; dnaindia.com, 20 Mar 2015)

At 14, she was the youngest player at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain. (worldhockey.org, 04 Aug 2010)