New Delhi, 02 October 2019: Indian Women's Hockey Team's fourth match of their Tour of England against the Great Britain side marked a special occasion for experienced Defender Deep Grace Ekka who achieved the milestone of completing 200 International Caps for her country. The 25-year-old from Lulkidihi village in Sundargarh district made her International debut for the national team in 2011 during the Four-Nation Tournament in Argentina.
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