With the World Cup simply over 10 days away, the Indian girls’s hockey group would look to utilise its final FIH Professional League double-header tie in opposition to lowly USA, beginning right here on Tuesday, to handle its weak areas forward of the marquee occasion to be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain.
The Indian girls produced a outstanding efficiency of their debut FIH Professional League season, occupying the third spot within the standings with 24 factors from 14 video games behind Netherlands (32 factors from 14 matches) and Argentina, who’ve already clinched the title with 42 factors from 16 video games.
Belgium are shut on the heels of India with 22 factors from 14 matches and the Savita Punia-led Indian aspect can be eyeing to log off the marketing campaign with wins over the People to complete a creditable third.
The second match of the double-header will probably be performed on Wednesday.
Of their final Professional League tie, India registered a 2-1 shoot-out win (2-2 in regulation time) and a slender 2-3 loss to Olympic silver medallist group Argentina right here over the previous weekend.
The 2 matches in opposition to the USA will present the Indians an ideal platform to measure their energy forward of the World Cup starting on July 1.
“For us, crucial factor is that we may execute our plans and put up an improved efficiency over the weekend in opposition to Argentina. Nevertheless, we may have executed higher, however I really feel these matches are a confidence booster for us forward of the World Cup, India captain Savita stated.
“There may be nonetheless room for enchancment for us and we stay up for plugging the loopholes within the matches in opposition to the USA. We’ve gained good momentum and hopefully, we are going to end our debut Professional League marketing campaign with good outcomes,” she added.
With the World Cup simply across the nook, Savita stated the group is shaping up very well for the quadrennial event.
We’re glad that now we have acquired a superb alternative of enjoying in Europe only a few days forward of the World Cup, so the build-up in direction of the massive occasion has been actually nice. The group is shaping up very well for the World Cup.
India vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka stated the group is assured of outclassing USA, who lies on the backside of the FIH Professional League standings with simply 5 factors from 12 video games.
The matches had been actually powerful in opposition to Argentina, however we’re glad that we caught to the plans and did very well in opposition to a powerful group. We’re trying ahead to the final set of matches of our memorable Professional League marketing campaign. We’re assured of getting optimistic outcomes in opposition to the USA, she stated.
Within the World Cup, the Indian girls’s hockey group is positioned in Pool B together with England, China and New Zealand. India will kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to England on July 3 in Amstelveen, Netherlands.