Indian women’s hockey team is preparing for the upcoming FIH World League semifinals which is to be held in June. Forward Anuradha Devi Thokchom talked about the mood in the camp under new coach Mathias Ahrens saying the team is more confident now.
Training currently at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, the 18-member squad is working hard to hone their skills and adapt to the new coach’s philosophy and playing style.
Anuradha said that the emphasis in training under the new coach is on keeping possession and penetration in the final third.
She said, “It has been a learning time under the new coach. We are feeling more confident as we realise that while we break the defence chain of opponents.
“What we need is, to hold on to the ball, ensure clean short pass and cash in on the opportunity. This has to happen in minimum time and we are working on this very closely.”
India play their opening match of the World League on June 20 against Belgium and Anuradha said the team is looking forward to getting its campaign underway.
“This will be our focus and we are hoping we will have things in our favour. We are confident and look forward to our opening match,” concluded Anuradha.
Despite being just 26 yeard old, Anuradha has already made 73 senior appearances for the national team.
India are grouped in Pool B alongside Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Belgium at the World Hockey League semi-final. To qualify for Rio Olympics, India needs to finish in the top 3 at the tournament.