Rani Rampal available for selection


FIH Hockey Pro League: Rani Rampal available for selection as Indian women face exhausted Netherlands – Olympic champions Netherlands have arrived with their second team, but India’s women’s hockey team still faces a tough test when they face world number one rivals in the FIH Pro League doubles match, from here on Friday. Follow FIH Hockey Pro League updates on Insidesport.IN

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None of the players, who competed for the Netherlands during their successful Olympic campaign, feature in the visiting squad, but the Indians cannot breathe easy, by the standard of the sport on Dutch soil.

FIH Hockey Pro League: Rani Rampal available for selection as Indian women face exhausted Netherlands – Follow live updates

The last time the two teams met at the Tokyo Olympics, the Netherlands beat India 5-1.

However, the Indian women have so far done well in their debut season. They are fourth in the standings with 12 points in six games.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, top the table with 17 points from six matches.

India captain Savita is aware of the strengths of the Netherlands, but as they play at home and have a Dutch coach to guide them, Janneke Schopman, it could help them one way or another.

“The Netherlands are of course the world number 1 team, but if we remember our last game against them – first game in the Olympics, we held them 1-1 until the first half. In the second half, we made mistakes.

“Now the team is very excited to have the chance to play against the Netherlands again and that too at home, so we will do our best,” Savita said during the virtual pre-match press conference.

FIH Hockey Pro League: Rani Rampal available for selection as Indian women face exhausted Netherlands – Follow live updates

But the Indians can breathe a sigh of relief that the Dutch have fielded a completely new and young squad for these two encounters.

“Our main goal is our team, but we have to respect the opponent and work on their strengths and weaknesses. The hockey club in the Netherlands is very strong, even if their main players don’t come, they have enough resources to build a solid team. The new players have had their chance and they would like to give their best too.

“We also have main players (Salima Tete, Sharmila Devi and Lalremsiami) who are participating in the Junior World Cup, which gives other players a chance,” Savita said.

The captain said it would be a mistake to underestimate the Netherlands, just because they don’t have a single Olympian in their squad.

“I can’t take them easy, if senior players were there we would have appreciated a lot because we would have had the opportunity to learn a lot. We can’t underestimate anyone, it all depends on how you play that day -the.

FIH Hockey Pro League: Rani Rampal available for selection as Indian women face exhausted Netherlands – Follow live updates

Rani Rampal, the skipper of Team India at the Tokyo Olympics where they cherished a historic fourth place finish, is available for selection and that bodes well for the team.

But Savita said with important tournaments lined up this year, the decision whether Rani will play in the next two games will be decided by the coach.

“Being a senior player myself, I know how happy one is when a senior player comes back. We were just waiting for when Rani would finish rehab and come back to the team.

“But we’re not in the mood to put too much pressure on him as there are bigger tournaments coming up like the World Cup in July and the Asian Games. Whether Rani will play in those two games will be decided after a discussion between her and the coach.

The Indians are said to be looking to carry forward the good job they did in their last game against the world number one. 5 Germany, where they lost the first game in a shootout before winning the next one, still in a shootout.

“We have played 6 games so far and game by game the team has improved. The first shootout against Germany didn’t go well so I told the girls to focus on what they did in training. said the captain.

FIH Hockey Pro League: Rani Rampal available for selection as Indian women face exhausted Netherlands – Follow live updates

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