With its dream of successful a maiden FIH Junior Ladies’s Hockey World Cup title shattered, India seeks to match its best-ever third place end when it takes on England within the bronze medal conflict on Tuesday.
India had a memorable marketing campaign within the event until the semifinals, the place the women misplaced 0-3 to three-time champions, the Netherlands.
India had an unbeaten run within the pool levels, which included a 2-1 win over Germany, which is able to face the Dutch within the title conflict.
However the title probability now out of their grasp, the Indians would look to at the very least end on the rostrum, like they did within the 2013 version in Monchengladbach, Germany.
Again within the 2013 Ladies’s Junior World Cup, it was the Netherlands which had defeated India 3-0 within the semifinals and the Indian crew, led by Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, then had confronted England within the bronze medal tie, which it will definitely received after a tense shootout.
However it stays to be seen whether or not the Salima Tete – led facet can recreate the 2013 script on Tuesday.
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Tete was visibly dissatisfied with the crew’s effort in opposition to the Netherlands.
“We’re fairly dissatisfied from our match in opposition to Netherlands. We created so many probabilities however couldn’t convert. It simply felt prefer it wasn’t our day,” she stated.
However the skipper stated the semifinal is a factor of the previous now.
“There isn’t any level fascinated about what’s occurred up to now. Now we should be targeted on the upcoming match in opposition to England.
“Getting off to a superb begin in opposition to them will certainly give us the appropriate momentum and that’s what we might be on the lookout for in opposition to them,” Tete stated.
India might be banking closely on Lalremsiami, Sharmila Devi and Mumtaz Khan, who can be India’s top-scorer with six objectives, to ship the products upfront.
England, alternatively, might be low on confidence after the 0-8 drubbing by the hands of Germany within the semifinal.
However vice-captain Ishika Chaudhary reiterated that India cannot afford to let go of probabilities in opposition to England.
“England is an effective facet and we watched movies from their earlier matches. I simply really feel it will be significant for us to be targeted on our sport and guarantee we rating from the possibilities we create and be tight in our defending.
“It is essential we do not permit area for them and we should play to our strengths,” stated Chaudhary.