Germany, Argentina excursions helped us high-quality tune our sport, says Indian ladies’s hockey staff vice-captain Savita Punia

Germany, Argentina excursions helped us high-quality tune our sport, says Indian ladies’s hockey staff vice-captain Savita Punia

India performed seven matches through the Argentina tour in January-February. They drew two matches in opposition to the host nation’s junior staff, misplaced the following two in opposition to the Argentina B aspect after which suffered defeats within the two video games in opposition to the World No 2 Argentina senior staff.

Germany, Argentina tours helped us fine tune our game, says Indian women's hockey team vice-captain Savita Punia

Indian ladies’s hockey staff vice-captain Savita Punia. Reuters

Bengaluru: The Indian ladies’s hockey staff returned winless from its current excursions of Argentina and Germany however vice-captain Savita Punia feels the matches in opposition to the higher-ranked opponents gave the gamers an opportunity to fine-tune their sport forward of the Olympic Video games.

India performed seven matches through the Argentina tour in January-February. They drew two matches in opposition to the host nation’s junior staff, misplaced the following two in opposition to the Argentina B aspect after which suffered defeats within the two video games in opposition to the World No 2 Argentina senior staff.

Within the tour of Germany in February-March, the Indian ladies’s staff misplaced all its 4 matches in opposition to the World No 3 residence aspect.

“Not having performed aggressive matches in over a yr, we weren’t positive how we might do in opposition to prime groups like Argentina and Germany,” Savita stated in a press launch by Hockey India.

“We had labored rather a lot on our health and performed quite a lot of matches amongst one another. But it surely was solely after we performed in opposition to Argentina did we realise the place we actually stand in our tactical efficiency and areas that want enchancment forward of the Olympics,” the ace goalkeeper added.

Savita feels the 2 excursions have been additionally essential when it comes to offering publicity to a few of the younger gamers within the staff, who wanted to know the tempo required to play the world’s prime sides.

“Fairly a couple of children acquired an opportunity to play in these two excursions and this was essential as they’d perceive and be taught the temperament and the extent required to do properly in opposition to such prime groups.

“We have been additionally in a position to attempt completely different combos through the excursions and I really feel all this may actually assist in the times main as much as the Olympics.”

With the Tokyo Olympics lower than 4 months away, Savita says there’s quite a lot of pleasure among the many members of the core group.

“Each participant within the core group may be very excited and are giving their 100% in each session. We now have a robust pool of gamers and every one may be very aggressive and might be gunning for a spot within the closing staff for the Olympics,” she stated.

For now, through the ongoing nationwide camp at SAI Middle, Bengaluru, the core group has been working to enhance its general sport, in addition to focussing on health.

“Health has performed a serious position in our enchancment up to now and if now we have to do properly in Tokyo, health will play a vital position contemplating the climate situations over there.

“We’re at the moment additionally engaged on creating extra scoring probabilities and enhancing our defence. We’re leaving no stone unturned in our preparations,” stated Savita.

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