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Upbeat Indian Women's Hockey Team Leaves for Korea

After the historic Asia Cup victory in November last year, the Indian women's hockey team has set out for its first tour of the year, to Korea.

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Updated:March 2, 2018, 8:08 PM IST
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Upbeat Indian Women's Hockey Team Leaves for Korea
India Women's Hockey team celebrates after scoring.
Bengaluru: After the historic Asia Cup victory in November last year, the Indian women's hockey team has set out for its first tour of the year, to Korea.

The 20-member squad, led by Rani along with vice captain Sunita Lakra, today left for Jinchun, Korea where they will play a five-match series with the hosts starting March 5.

Under the watchful eyes of chief coach Harendra Singh, the India team was based out of the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru where 34 players were part of the national camp that focused on fitness, speed and skill development.

While the players will compete in Korea between March 5 to 11, the remaining members of the camp will continue to train ahead of their preparations for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

"This is our first event after winning the Asia Cup last year so naturally the team is riding on confidence. The team is upbeat and eager to play our first international tour of the season and Korea can be a tough team to play in their home conditions," said Rani.

The team will be back here on March 13 and will continue with its preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

"Korea Tour will help us analyse our game and find out if there are shortcomings in the way we play ahead of the CWG. We have specifically trained on our man-to-man marking, tried different variations in our attack during the camp and we want to execute these strategies against an international team.

"We have been playing matches against local mens team to get tougher too," added the skipper.

In the absence of ace goalkeeper Savita who has been rested for the tour, debutant Swati and Rajani Etimarpu will be put to test.

With the experienced Deepika and Poonam Rani returning after a long injury haul, Rani feels the team is a perfect mix.

"It is a big boost to have Deepika and Poonam back in the squad. We also have talented youngsters like defender Suman Devi Thoudam, midfielder Udita and forward Lalremsiami.

"I think we have a very good mix with a perfect balance of young and experienced players," Rani said.

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| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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