- Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal said that impressive performance against top-ranking teams will prove to be good for 2020 Olympics preparation.
- She especially pointed out New Zealand as the side India wants to well against.
- India have left for Auckland to play against New Zealand and England.
Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal affirmed on Wednesday that impressive performance against top-ranking teams like New Zealand and Great Britain in the upcoming games will prove to be good preparation in what is an Olympic year.
Rani was speaking before the team’s departure for Auckland for the season’s first tour.
The Eves will play four matches against New Zealand before taking on Great Britain. The 10-day tour will end on 5 of February.
“We look forward to playing against higher-ranked teams like New Zealand (world number six) and Great Britain (world number five). We want to do well as it will give us a good boost in our Olympic preparation. A good start against tough teams will matter a lot,” Rani said.
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Prior to playing against the senior squad, India will entertain New Zealand’s Development squad on January 25, followed by two matches against New Zealand’s national team on January 27 and 29.
The team will then compete against Great Britain on February 4 before playing another match against hosts New Zealand.
“While we have done well in the past against Great Britain, New Zealand is one team we look forward to do well against. They play tough, attacking hockey and they will be quite challenging,” she added.
Rani also asserted that the experience of analytical coach Janneke Schopman will immensely help the team.
“I think it’s fantastic that she has joined our camp. We are excited to work with her and she knows our team well,” she Rani.
The FIH had put forward Rani’s name overseeing her excellent performances as well as the ability to lead by example.
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