As part of the senior squad, Ekka doubles up as drag-flicker and defender having come up with winning performances at the 9th Women's Asia Cup in Japan last year.
She was part of the team that won bronze in the previous edition of Asia Cup in 2013.
She was also part of the Indian team that won the Asian Champions Trophy in 2016 and was a key player in the team's silver medal feat in 2013 Asian Champions Trophy.
Ahead of her participation at the 2016 Rio Olympics as one of the key defenders of the Indian squad, Ekka had completed 100 International matches during the Four Nation Women Tournament at Darwin, Australia.
"I am very happy and emotional about completing 150 matches. It has been a memorable journey so far and I wish we continue to build on our recent performances as a team and work towards achieving our team goals this year. The biggest target this year is to win the Asian Games and directly qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games, but we start our journey by aiming for the best here at the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games," said Ekka.
Congratulating Ekka, Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, secretary general, Hockey India said, "Odisha has truly produced some of the finest hockey players in the country and Deep Grace Ekka remains one of those significant players. She has been an integral part of the Indian team since her debut and continues to be a strong wall in the Indian Team's defence.
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