On July 3, the Indian hockey crew will face England within the Ladies’s FIH World Cup 2022 Pool B opener in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. The Indian crew, which is ranked ninth, will play world No. 14 China and world No. 8 New Zealand on July 5 and seven, respectively, after taking part in world No. 4 England.
Since ending fourth within the inaugural version in 1974, the Indian ladies’s hockey crew has by no means superior previous the semi-finals. After coming third on the Asia Cup 2022, India certified for the fifteenth version of the Ladies’s FIH World Cup and can fancy their possibilities towards China and New Zealand.
Within the FIH Professional League 2021-22 matches final month, Savita Punia led the ladies’s aspect to 7-1 and 2-1 victories over China within the absence of Rani Rampal. In 2020, the Indian ladies had a profitable five-match tour in New Zealand.
“Round two-three years in the past, there was a priority within the crew earlier than dealing with stronger opponents,” India ahead Navneet Kaur stated. “However now, there is no such thing as a concern in our crew and we really feel we’re able to face each problem.
“Even when an opponent scores the primary aim, we all know we now have the potential and expertise to get issues again in our favour,” Navneet added.
Spain and the Netherlands will co-host the Ladies’s FIH World Cup 2022 from July 1 to 17. In 4 swimming pools, 16 nations from 5 confederations will compete within the quadrennial showcase occasion.
Whereas the highest groups from every of the 4 swimming pools advance on to the quarterfinals, the groups in second and third place will compete in crossovers for the remaining 4 berths.
The semi-finals and ultimate will happen on July 16 and 17.
Pool A contains reigning champions and hosts the Netherlands, in addition to two-time champions Germany, 2018 finalists Eire, and debutants Chile.
With eight championships, the Netherlands is probably the most profitable crew within the Ladies’s FIH World Cup.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM SCHEDULE
July 3, Sunday: India vs England – 9:00 PM IST
July 5, Tuesday: India vs China – 9:00 PM IST
July 7, Thursday: India vs New Zealand – 9:00 PM IST