The Indian Women's hockey team defeated China in a shootout in the final of the Women's Asia Cup 2017 on Sunday and clinched their second title in the history of the prestigious continental tournament. As a result of their euphoric victory, the Indian eves qualified directly for the Women's Hockey World Cup in 2018 to be held in England. Following their consistent run in the competition, they also broke into the top ten in the FIH rankings.
The Indian team remained unbeaten right throughout the tournament and capped off a memorable outing for Indian Hockey with the men's team also being crowned Asian champions last month.
Let us take a look at five of the best performers from the Indian team in the 2017 Women's Asia cup held in Kakamigahara in Japan.
#5 Deep Grace Ekka
Deep Grace Ekka was brilliant at the back line in defence. She thwarted various opponent attacks with consummate ease. Her supreme ball control adequately backed up all midfielders even as her sublime passing helped the team break through to mount significant counter attacks.
Grace scored three goals in the tournament including a brace against Kazhakstan in the quarter-final. The 23-year old defender from Orissa has made a name for herself in Indian hockey circles and certainly deserves all the accolades for putting up sprightly performances right throughout the tournament.