Height: 5' 3"
Hometown: Shahbad, Haryana
Age: 27 Years
|Profession||Indian Women's Field Hockey Player (Captain)|
|Famous For||Being the Captain of the Indian national women's field hockey team|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet inches- 5’ 3”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Nature on field||Calm|
|Coach/Mentor||International team - Harendra Singh
First Coach and Mentor - Baldev Singh
|Records (main ones)||• Youngest player to represent a country at the hockey World Cup at the age of 15 years in 2010
• In India vs England in Monchengladbach, she scored a goal in regulation time, a goal in the shootout and a goal in sudden death in Germany where India won its first-ever bronze medal at the event.
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Recipient of the Arjuna Award (2016)
• The only Indian female player to be named as the FIH Young Player of the Tournament at a women's World Cup (2010)
• Recipient of the FICCI Comeback of the Year Award (2014)
• Padma Shri (2020)
• In March 2023, the MCF Rae Bareli renamed the hockey stadium as ‘Rani’s Girls Hockey Turf’ after Rani Rampal, making her the first Indian woman in the sport to have a stadium named after her. The Hindu
|Date of Birth||4 December 1994|
|Age (as of 2022)||28 Years|
|Birthplace||Shahbad, Haryana, India|
|Hometown||Shahbad, Haryana, India|
|Educational Qualification||B. A. (Final Year Dropout)|
|Hobbies||Listening to Music, Shopping|
|Boys, Affairs & More|
|Parents||Father- Rampal (Cart Puller)
Mother- Name Not Known
|Hockey Player||Dhanraj Pillay|
|Game(s) apart from Hockey||Badminton, Tennis|
|Badminton Player||Saina Nehwal|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rani Rampal
- Rani Rampal was born in a poor family. Her father is a cart puller and mother a housewife.
- She is the recipient of the Arjuna Award (in 2016) for her outstanding performance in the sport.
- At the 2009 Champion’s Challenge Tournament held in Russia, she scored four goals in the finals, helping India secure a Gold. She was named the ‘Top Goal Scorer’ and the ‘Young Player of the Tournament’.
- Rani played her 200th match against Korea in March 2018 and is considered one of the best Women’s Hockey players in the world.
- Growing up, she had to face a lot of difficulties to fulfill her dream of playing Hockey. At that time, it was too hard for her family to support her training financially.
- She was also the part of the Junior Hockey Team in the 2013 World Cup where India won the Bronze medal.
- Rani Rampal was the youngest player ever to play the World Cup 2010 in Canada, at the age of 15 years, and she was the top goal scorer as well, scoring 7 goals.
- She also played in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games where the Indian team finished fourth.
- When she joined the team at 14 years old, she had no idea about the Olympics. When they lost in the qualifiers of the Olympics, some of her senior players cried, but she could not understand as to why it was such a big deal.
- She currently works for the Sports Authority of India, but there was a time she used to work in the railways where she was paid 12 thousand a month.
- She was supported by the GoSports Foundation and was provided with financial support; as her parents could not pay for her training.
- Since her childhood, Rani has always dreamt of having a big house for her family; as she spent most of her childhood in a small house. Now, after shining in the sport of Hockey, she owns her dream house.
- Finally, in 2003, at the age of 9, she started training at the Shahbad Hockey Academy, with the help of Baldev Singh, a recipient of Dronacharya Award; her then coach and mentor whom Rani considers one of the most important people in her life.
- She did not find a place in the Indian team for the 2022 FIH World Cup with doubts over her fitness. The Hindu
- On 10 August 2023, Hockey India announced Rani as the coach for the Indian under-17 women’s hockey team. While responding to questions about whether this move signalled her retirement, she firmly stated that she was not retiring. Rani also discussed her exclusion from the senior national team, expressing confusion over the decision despite her great performances in National Games after the injury. She suggested that the chief coach Janneke Schopman or the selectors would be the best individuals to explain the reasoning behind this decision. The Indian Express