Expect Indians in Netherlands to turn up for our Hockey World Cup matches: Savita Punia

Published:Mar 9, 202414:58
Expect Indians in Netherlands to turn up for our Hockey World Cup matches: Savita Punia

Nationwide girls's hockey crew captain Savita Punia is anticipating the sizeable Indian neighborhood within the Netherlands to come back to the venue and cheer the facet in its World Cup matches.

India will open their marketing campaign in opposition to England in pool B match right here on Sunday, a 12 months after shedding to the identical opponents within the bronze medal match on the Tokyo Olympics.

"There's a large Indian neighborhood in Netherlands and we predict lots of them will flip up for the matches. We noticed lots of them come help us in Rotterdam throughout the Professional League matches and undoubtedly followers help will inspire us much more," she mentioned.

READ: Girls's Hockey World Cup 2022: All you'll want to know, Indian squad, schedule, timings

On the earlier version of the World Cup in London in 2018, India matched the efficiency of England with a 1-1 draw within the spherical robin league recreation.

Earlier that 12 months, the Indian crew had crushed England 2-1 within the group stage of the Commonwealth Video games in Gold Coast however had misplaced to them within the bronze medal match.

Speaking about their opponents, Savita mentioned, "Regardless that as a crew, we'd be centered on our personal efficiency, England and India have confronted off in some very shut encounters and undoubtedly a rivalry has developed over the previous three-four years particularly.

"A few of our gamers wish to problem their goalkeeper Maddie Hinge, who has been fairly distinctive on the goalpost. And so they even have some very skilled gamers like Laura Unsworth, Giselle Ansley, their Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb and Lily Owsley who will convey their 'A' recreation in opposition to us," she added.

India and England have been scheduled to play a double-header in FIH Hockey Professional League earlier this 12 months, which might have given insights into their recreation, however the match was cancelled.

"Sure, a match in opposition to them would have been best within the lead as much as the World Cup however we will not be too bothered about what has occurred up to now. The one intention for us proper now's to get on to begin within the event and the crew is 100 per cent prepared," added the goalkeeper.

After England, India will play China on July 5, adopted by a match in opposition to New Zealand on July 7.

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