Indian girls’s hockey staff halfback Sushila Chanu and ahead Navneet Kaur have been assured of their preparations for the upcoming tournaments, together with the FIH Hockey Ladies’s World Cup.
The schedule for the World Cup, to be held in Spain and the Netherlands from July 1, was introduced by the Worldwide Hockey Federation on Tuesday.
The Indian staff will open their World Cup marketing campaign towards England on July 3, earlier than assembly China on July 5, and New Zealand on July 7.
Talking concerning the World Cup schedule at a digital media convention, Sushila Chanu mentioned the staff’s preparations are on and the mentality of the squad is to win each match within the match.
“It doesn’t matter towards which opponents we begin our World Cup marketing campaign. We’re not afraid of which staff we face first as our mentality and our mindset is to take each sport because it comes and attempt to win each match,” Sushila Chani mentioned.
India banks on familiarity in World Cup preparations
The Indian staff performed towards all their World Cup Pool B opponents final 12 months. The Indian staff performed China twice within the FIH Professional League matches in Oman just lately and emerged victorious in each matches.
The Savita Punia-led staff performed towards New Zealand final 12 months and might be assembly England of their Professional League engagements subsequent month.
“We confronted China just lately in Muscat within the Asia Cup and within the FIH Hockey Professional League. So, it will likely be a bonus for us. We might be taking part in towards England subsequent month. We final performed New Zealand in 2020. So, we find out about these groups fairly properly and we all know find out how to put together for the upcoming challenges,” Sushila Chanu added.
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India competed towards Spain on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar over the previous weekend in a two-legged FIH Professional League. Whereas India gained the primary match 2-1, Spain gained the second match 4-3.
India ahead Navneet Kaur additionally spoke on how the staff has gained confidence prior to now couple of years due to always dealing with higher-ranked opponents.
“Round two to 3 years in the past, there was once a priority within the staff earlier than dealing with stronger opponents. However for now, there is no such thing as a concern in our staff and we really feel we’re able to face each problem. Even when an opponent scores the primary purpose, we all know we’ve got the aptitude and abilities to get issues again in our favor. Our staff has developed a preventing spirit over the previous couple of years. This has labored very well for us,” Navneet mentioned.
India will subsequent play a double-header towards Germany within the FIH Professional League on March 12 and March 13.
On being requested concerning the preparations for the upcoming video games, Navneet mentioned:
“We confronted Germany final 12 months. So we will certainly have a look again on the movies of these matches to know our strengths and the areas of enchancment earlier than we face them once more.”
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India will play all their Pool B matches on the Wagener Hockey Stadium in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.