That Savita Punia-led Indian women’s ice hockey team, brimming with confidence after a remarkable season so far, is ready to kick-start their campaign for the 2022 FIH Women’s World Championship.
India meet England in their opening game at the Wagener Hockey Stadium in Amstelveen today (3 July). That ice Hockey The World Championship will take place in the Netherlands and Spain from July 1st to 17th.
England have dashed India’s hopes of a medal at major events on multiple occasions. They defeated India in the bronze match at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
With three wins and one loss in seven games, the English team leads in direct duels. The other three ended in a draw.
However, according to Indian skipper Savita Punia, they are up for the challenge. Ahead of her World Cup campaign, she said:
“Although as a team we will focus on our own performances, England and India have faced each other in some very close encounters and there is no doubt that a rivalry has developed, particularly in the last three to four years.”
Punia further added:
“The only goal for us now is to get the tournament off to a good start and the team is 100 per cent ready.”
FIH Women’s World Championship 2022: India squad
goalkeeper: Savita Punia (c), Bichu Devi Kharibam;
defender: Deep Grace Ekka (vc), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita;
midfield player: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Salima Tete;
Forward: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi.
substitute player: Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Sangita Kumari.
FIH Women’s World Championship 2022: India vs. England
The Indian women’s ice hockey team was placed in Pool B alongside England, New Zealand and China.
game 1: India versus England
Date: July 3, 2022 Times: 8:00 p.m. IST
FIH Women’s World Championship 2022: Streaming Details
All matches of the FIH Women’s World Championship 2022 will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1. Games will also be available for live streaming on the Disney+ Hotstar app.
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