Indian women's hockey vice-captain Savita says tour of England will help in Olympics Qualifier against USA

  • The Indian women's hockey team drew the tricky USA in the final round of the Olympic qualifiers

  • As part of the preparation for the Qualifiers, the team will play a five-match series against England from 27 September to 4 October

  • India's ace goalkeeper and vice-captain Savita believes that in the USA, they will get to face a similar side

Bengaluru: The Indian women's hockey team vice-captain Savita feels having a well-settled unit will help them excel against the USA in the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers to be held in Bhubaneswar on 1 and 2 November.

 Indian womens hockey vice-captain Savita says tour of England will help in Olympics Qualifier against USA

Indian players celebrate a goal against Japan. Image courtesy: Twitter @TheHockeyIndia

The Indian women's hockey team drew the tricky USA in the final round of the Olympic qualifiers.

"Most of the players selected for our upcoming tour of England have played together as a unit for a long time now. We have a well-settled unit as we understand each other's game pretty well which will further help us against the USA at the Olympic qualifiers," Savita said.

"It has been our aim to qualify for Tokyo after having qualified for Rio after a gap of 36 years. We are all very determined about succeeding in the qualifiers and the upcoming matches against Great Britain will be good preparation for that," she added.

As part of the preparation for the Qualifiers, the team will play a five-match series against Great Britain from 27 September to 4 October and India's ace goalkeeper believes that in the USA, they will get to face a similar side.

"Great Britain and the USA have quite similar playing styles, and all of us are really pleased that we will be playing against Great Britain before the two huge matches in November," she said.

"The girls have been sweating it out in training for the past two weeks, and I am really confident that we will be able to execute our plans well," Savita added.

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Updated Date: Sep 14, 2019 16:43:41 IST