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Born on 25 February 1992, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam is an Indian field hockey player and is the current captain of Indian national hockey team. Born in Imphal, Manipur, she began playing hockey at the age of eleven, and was soon selected for the national camp. Chanu has a total of 121 international caps to her credit. She recently led the Indian team to qualify for the Hockey world Cup after cringing Gold at the Asia Cup on November 5, 2017.
With so much achievements to her credit, here are 5 things you ought to know about the pride of Northeast India Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam:
-It was not until the age of 11 that she actively became involved in sports when she picked up her first hockey stick. Chanu began nurturing her talent at Posterior Hockey Academy, Manipur (PHAM) in 2003. Her passion and drive for the game were soon noted and four years later, Sushila switched to Madhya Pradesh Women Hockey Academy in Gwalior to fine-tune her skills.
– Sushila made her junior international debut the very next year at the U-21 Asia Cup in Malaysia. She soon started to show her potential and helped the team get the bronze medals in two consecutive editions of the Four-Nations Hockey Championship in 2011 and 2012.
– Chanu rose to prominence in 2013, when she led the junior women's team to a bronze medal finish at the Women's Hockey Junior World Cup at Mönchengladbach. She then made her debut in the senior national team, and was part of the squad that won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon.
-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. She plays as a halfback for the team.
-In the beginning of 2017, Chanu injured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and almost went through a reconstruction surgery. But the brave girl fought back admirably. With proper focus on developing her strength through a strict regimen of exercise and physiotherapy, she overcame it to return to competition in just eight weeks time.
– July, 12, 2016 turned out to be one of the biggest days of Chanu's career as she was appointed the captain of the 16-member Indian team for the Rio Olympics.
TNT News with inputs Sportskeeda