Buenos Aires: Indian women’s hockey team has left for Argentina on January 3 for the eight-match tour, which will commence from January 17. With the Olympic Games ahead in July, the squad is keen on making every opportunity count and the tour will provide them with one such opportunity to gear up for the big game.
“Playing against a strong team like Argentina in their home ground won’t be easy but our focus will be on bringing out our best play against them. This will be our first competitive match in almost a year and we are keen on learning where we stand in terms of fitness and execution against a top team like Argentina who are currently ranked No.2 in the world,” stated India’s ace drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur.
The squad has worked really hard on their fitness over the past 11 months, the tour will be a good test to assess their mental and physical strength. She added that it will be a good test to assess their mental and physical strength. “It is against teams like Argentina where we can test our potential,” she added.
Gurjit feels the team is shaping up well ahead of their first game on Sunday. “We have been here nearly ten days and have got a few sessions on the pitch. We have paid extra attention to areas such as PC conversion and PC defending. We need to be alert in our defence if we have to do well against Argentina,” she said.