Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal says team needs to improve in certain areas despite winning Olympic Test event

India's invincible run in the Olympic Test event has boosted the confidence of the women's hockey team but there are still areas where it needs to put in the hard yards ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, said skipper Rani Rampal.

Press Trust of India August 26, 2019 19:04:06 IST
Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal says team needs to improve in certain areas despite winning Olympic Test event

New Delhi: India's invincible run in the Olympic Test event has boosted the confidence of the women's hockey team but there are still areas where it needs to put in the hard yards ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, said skipper Rani Rampal.

Indian womens hockey captain Rani Rampal says team needs to improve in certain areas despite winning Olympic Test event

File image of India's Rani Rampal. Hockey India

The Indian women's hockey team put up a brilliant performance at the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo as they defeated hosts Japan 2-1 in the Final to win the competition.

Captain Rani seemed extremely pleased with the way the side played against the likes of World No 2 Australia, World No 11 China and World No 14 Japan.

"It was incredible to remain unbeaten throughout the Olympic Test Event. The hard work put in by all the players in the various training camps ahead of the tournament paid dividends. A victory in this tournament gives us a lot of confidence ahead of the Tour of England and the FIH Olympic Qualifiers," said Rani.

"We still have to improve in certain areas, but the team is confident of booking a place in the Tokyo Olympics. Our preparations have been excellent so far and we have to just keep building on our game.

"The Olympic Test Event was very helpful to understand the level of our game as we played against some strong teams including World No. 2 Australia. Our only aim is to qualify for the Olympics and I feel we are on the right track," she added.

Rani, who was named the Best Player at the FIH Women's Series Finals Hiroshima 2019, said that the side is a well-settled unit and all players are extremely clear about their roles.

"After wonderful performances at the FIH Women's Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 and the Olympic Test Event, our team consists of players who are very clear about their roles, and perform them industriously on the field.

"We have gained momentum at the right time and have to keep improving our skills as the team approaches the FIH Olympic Qualifiers," said Rani.

India started the tournament with a superb 2-1 victory over hosts and World No. 14 Japan, before playing out a 2-2 draw with World No. 2 Australia in their second match. India then drew 0-0 with World No 11 China in their last round-robin match.

Rani, who has been leading the Indian side for more than two years, was all praise for drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who was the top-scorer of the competition with three goals.

"Gurjit has improved immensely in the last couple of years. She was the top-scorer at the FIH Women's Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 and the Olympic Test Event. Gurjit is a vital player for us as a drag-flicker and I am delighted to see her in form ahead of important tournaments for us," said Rani.

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