Indian girls’s hockey group’s captain Savita Punia and vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka are assured of the women studying from the dual defeats to Belgium and making a robust comeback within the remaining four-match earlier than the upcoming World Cup.
The subsequent problem for the group would be the double-header in opposition to Argentina at Rotterdam, Netherlands adopted by two matches in opposition to the USA on the identical venue.
The Indian girls’s hockey group had left the nation a number of days again for FIH Professional League matches and the following Girls’s World Cup on a assured notice.
However the 1-2 and 0-5 defeats to Belgium in successive Professional League matches have proved a dampener for the gamers and followers. Nonetheless, skipper Savita was assured that the women will be taught from their errors and can present a robust enchancment within the upcoming matches.
In addition to the Professional League, the Indian girls’s group’s main engagements this season embody the FIH Girls’s World Cup in Spain and Netherlands subsequent month and the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, beginning on July 28.
Each Savita and Deep Grace Ekka consider that the 2 matches in opposition to Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Argentina (June 18 and 19) and the USA (June 21 and 22) will assist the group get into the appropriate form and midset for the World Cup to be held from July 1-17.
“We couldn’t carry out in opposition to Belgium as per the expectations. However the two matches have been good for the group as we had been capable of take a look at the gamers and make them play in several positions,” stated Savita.
Argentina have already received the FIH Professional League title with 38 factors and the outcomes of the 2 matches in opposition to India may have no bearing on the title. The Netherlands, the World and Olympic champions, are second with 32 factors whereas India are third with 22 factors.
Nonetheless, India may have some unfinished enterprise to settle with Argentina after dropping to them within the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympic Video games final 12 months.
Although India have come a great distance from the place they had been earlier than the Olympics by way of outcomes and rankings, Argentina are fairly sturdy and will likely be a troublesome problem for Savita and her group.
Talking forward of their matches in opposition to Argentina, the Indian girls’s hockey group captain Savita stated they’d two coaching classes after the matches in opposition to Belgium and tried to rectify the issues they’d confronted in opposition to Belgium.
“Our preparations are occurring nicely. We had two nice coaching classes and everybody has centered on enhancing their recreation. We’re trying ahead to our matches in opposition to Argentina and trying to carry out as a group and as people. We’re fairly assured forward of the matches as we performed recreation in opposition to Argentina within the Semifinal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Savita stated throughout a pre-match on-line interplay on Thursday.
The goalkeeper additionally spoke concerning the group’s particular coaching on penalty corners, “We’re engaged on enhancing our execution with reference to Penalty Corners. Throughout our apply classes, the gamers skilled with the perfect mindset and labored on incomes penalty corners and executing pictures on purpose. Hopefully, the gamers will enhance upon executing penalty corners in our upcoming matches as nicely.”
The Indian girls’s hockey group vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka expressed that the group is totally ready for his or her matches in opposition to Argentina.
“We’ve got discovered rather a lot about our personal video games throughout our apply classes after our matches in opposition to Belgium. We’ve got corrected the errors we made in our earlier matches and we’re totally ready for our subsequent problem.”
Talking concerning the recommendation she has given to the younger gamers forward of the World Cup and Commonwealth Video games, defender Deep Grace Ekka stated, “Once I had first joined the group, my seniors had advised me to simply replicate no matter I used to be doing throughout apply. So even I inform the identical factor to the younger gamers in our group. And the extra we hold issues easy, the higher it’s for us. Earlier than we obtain the ball, we must always concentrate on the place our group members are standing in order that we will cross the ball shortly.”
Savita admitted that the group has performed extra matches making ready for the World Cup than it had forward of the Tokyo Olympics and also will be marked out by the opponents after ending fourth within the Olympics. Nonetheless, she stated the gamers have improved rather a lot within the final couple of years and are assured that they’ve gained sufficient expertise to tackle the highest groups.
Whereas the World Cup and Commonwealth Video games are the primary targets for the group, the rapid concern is to do nicely within the remaining Professional League matches. That can give the women the much-needed confidence to do nicely within the two huge occasions.