Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam offers so much to the Indian women’s hockey team – she can seen foiling opposition raids inside the ‘D’ as well as ensuring the midfield operate as a well-oiled unit. The 29-year-old midfielder-cum-defender achieved a personal milestone of playing 200 internationals during the FIH Pro League match against Germany at Bhubaneshwar.
The two-time Olympian becomes the eight Indian women hockey player to feature in 200 internationals after Vandana Katariya, Rani Rampal, Ritu Rani, Surinder Kaur, Deep Grace Eka and Savita. The Manipur girl has been a key member of Indian hockey eves and made her senior international debut during the 2009 Test match against New Zealand at Christchurch.
Sushila has been part of several successful campaigns of the Indian women’s hockey team – she was part of the gold-winning 2017 Asia Cup team, silver-winning 2013 Asian Champions Trophy team, bronze-winning 2014 Asian Games team and bronze-winning 2013 Asia Cup team.
She took her initial hockey lessons at Imphal-based Posterior Hockey Academy and subsequently joined the Bhopal-based Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy. Sushila also captained the national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as in the 2016 Four Nation Tourney in Australia and 2016 Tour of USA.
Injuries have plagued her career – she had missed the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 World Cup and 2018 Asian Champions Trophy after suffering a serious ligament injury.