CWG 2022: Indian women hockey team seeks Tokyo inspiration to end medal drought | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India


BIRMINGHAM: A podium end on its thoughts, the Indian girls’s hockey workforce would look to depart its disastrous World Cup marketing campaign behind and begin afresh towards Ghana within the Commonwealth Games opener on Friday.
The Indians are clubbed in Pool A alongside hosts England, Canada, Wales and Ghana, whereas Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland and Kenya full Pool B.
Like their male counterparts, the Indian girls returned empty-handed from the final version of the Video games in Gold Coast, ending fourth after being routed 0-6 by England within the bronze medal play-off match.
Going into the newest Video games, the Indians had been troubled by their below-par outing within the not too long ago concluded World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands, the place the Savita Punia-led facet completed a disappointing ninth.
Now the Janneke Schopman-coached facet can be determined to show that it’s a much better outfit than what the current outcomes point out. They might be itching to show that the historic fourth place end in final 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics wasn’t a fluke.
The Indian girls would even be hoping to interrupt their 16-year medal introduced within the Video games. India’s final medal — a silver — in CWG got here in 2006 Melbourne. The one different medal that the Indian girls bagged within the Video games since hockey’s introduction in 1998 was a gold within the 2002 version in Manchester.
“We had been disillusioned with our efficiency within the final version of the event, however this time round we will certainly look to do higher,” captain Savita stated throughout a digital press convention on Thursday.
“We’re assured about our possibilities to clinch a Medal and a convincing win towards Ghana will present the proper begin to our 2022 Commonwealth Video games marketing campaign.”
Moreover the sensible Olympic marketing campaign, the Indians would even be boosted by their creditable third place end of their maiden Professional League outing this season.
However to complete on the rostrum, the ninth ranked Indians must get the higher of world No.3 Australia, fifth ranked England and world No. 8 New Zealand, who’re additionally robust medal contenders.
Within the final version of the Video games, New Zealand gained the gold forward of Australia and the Trans-Tasman rivals would fancy their possibilities on this Video games too.
Australia have dominated girls’s hockey in CWG, bagging as many as 4 gold medals, one silver and a bronze.
Whereas it’s anticipated to be a cakewalk for India of their opening two pool video games towards world No. 30 Ghana, and world No. 24 Wales (on Saturday), Savita’s facet will face its first actual problem towards England on August 2, earlier than ending their pool marketing campaign towards No.15 Canada.
With the highest two groups from every pool progressing into the semifinals, India and England are clear favourites from Pool A, except one thing drastic occurs.
However the current World Cup has dropped at mild some chinks in India’s armour, which they should tackle rapidly.
For the Indian girls, whereas penalty nook conversions stay a significant concern, the forwards too want to tug up their socks.
Within the World Cup, the Indians created loads of scoring possibilities from open play in addition to penalty corners, however squandered a lot of the alternatives.
Coach Schopman would expect a much-improved present from her forwards and drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur.
India vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka stated: “We’ll look to outplay Ghana from the primary whistle to verify we will beat them as convincingly as we did final time.”
“We’ll look to maneuver the ball rapidly in order that we will penetrate the Ghanian defence. For the final couple of years, we now have been taking part in an aggressive fashion and we’d look to proceed in the identical trend.”
Within the different Pool A match of the day, Canada will tackle Wales.


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