NEW DELHI, June 14: Indian defender and former captain Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam completed 150 international caps for the country when India faced Spain in the second game of the five-match series.
The Manipur defender has been an integral part of the Indian team since making her debut in the Test Series against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2009 when she was 17.
Sushila took up hockey at the age of 11 when she joined the Posterior Hockey Academy in Manipur.
The 26-year-old then shifted to Madhya Pradesh Women Hockey Academy in 2007, where she developed into a great prospect for the national team, making her junior international debut at the Under-21 Asia Cup held in Malaysia in 2008.
The highly-rated defender went on to win the silver medal at the 6th Junior Women Asia Cup in Thailand and featured in the senior team’s gold medal winning campaign at the FIH World League Round 2 held in New Delhi in 2013.
She was then selected to captain the Indian team which won the bronze at the 2013 FIH Junior World Cup in Germany.
Sushila’s meteoric rise saw her become a regular member in the senior team post the tournament. – PTI