ROTTERDAM: With the World Cup simply over 10 days away, the Indian women’s hockey team would look to utilise its final FIH Pro League double-header tie against lowly USA, beginning right here on Tuesday, to address its weak areas ahead of the marquee occasion to be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain.
The Indian girls produced a exceptional efficiency of their debut FIH Pro 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 could be eyeing to log off the marketing campaign with wins over the Americans to end a creditable third.
The second match of the double-header shall be performed on Wednesday.
In their final Pro League tie, India registered a 2-1 shoot-out win (2-2 in regulation time) and a slim 2-3 loss to Olympic silver medallist team Argentina right here over the previous weekend.
The two matches against the USA will present the Indians an ideal platform to measure their energy ahead of the World Cup starting on July 1.
“For us, an important factor is that we may execute our plans and put up an improved efficiency over the weekend against Argentina. However, we may have performed higher, however I really feel these matches are a confidence booster for us ahead of the World Cup,” India captain Savita stated.
“There continues to be room for enchancment for us and we glance ahead to plugging the loopholes within the matches against the USA. We’ve gained good momentum and hopefully, we’ll end our debut Pro League marketing campaign with good outcomes,” she added.
With the World Cup simply across the nook, Savita stated the team is shaping up rather well for the quadrennial match.
“We are glad that we’ve got received a great alternative to play in Europe just some days ahead of the World Cup, so the construct-up in the direction of the large occasion has been actually nice. The team is shaping up rather well for the World Cup.”
India vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka stated the team is assured of outclassing USA, who lies on the backside of the FIH Pro League standings with simply 5 factors from 12 video games.
“The matches have been actually powerful against Argentina, however we’re glad that we caught to the plans and did rather well against a robust team. We are wanting ahead to the final set of matches of our memorable Pro League marketing campaign. We are assured of getting constructive outcomes against the USA,” she stated.
In the World Cup, the Indian women’s hockey team is positioned in Pool B together with England, China and New Zealand. India will kick off their marketing campaign against England on July 3 in Amstelveen, Netherlands.