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Women's Asia Cup: Indian women's hockey team look to get off to a winning start

Muscat, Jan. 20: Ahead of the Indian women's hockey team starting their campaign at the Women's Asia Cup on Friday (Jan 21), captain and team's ace goalkeeper Savita expressed that the team's experience will be the key to their performance at the prestigious quadrennial continental tournament which is also a qualifying event for the FIH Women's World Cup 2022.

"The best part about this team is that, many of us have been playing together for a long time and I feel this experience and team camaraderie will give us the edge over other teams. Our main priority will be to remain focused on our game and ensure we execute the plans against each team without making errors."

Defending champions India are grouped in Pool A along with Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. They will play their first match of the tournament on Friday (Jan 21) against Malaysia.

Savita emphasized that getting off to a good start will give the team the right momentum. "We have played Malaysia quite a few times in the past and they are a good side. Doing well against them will give us the right start to the tournament. As a team, we believe in focusing on our own game and not worry too much about what the opponent team can or cannot do. We just want to play to our strength," added Savita, who is leading the team in absence of Rani.

Savita further highlighted that team's experience at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has instilled a 'never-give-up' attitude and she believes the players will fight till the last minute.

"One of the good qualities of the team is that, we have learnt to fight till the end. We don't give up if we are down by a few goals. I feel these aspects will matter when we play quality teams in an important tournament like this where the qualification for FIH Women's World Cup is at stake," she stated.

Following their first match against Malaysia on the opening day, defending champions India will play Japan on Sunday (Jan. 23) and will take on Singapore in their last pool A match on Monday (Jan 24). The semifinals will be played on Wednesday (Jan 26) and the final match on Friday (Jan. 28).

Match Details:

India will take on Malaysia at 9:30pm IST on Friday (Jan 21st)

Matches will be telecast on https://watch.hockey/

Source: Hockey India

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Story first published: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 13:13 [IST]
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