We’ve got what it takes to win overseas: Women’s hockey skipper Savita


India women’s team skipper Savita said her team had what it takes to win on foreign soil as they took on hosts Belgium in a FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League double-header this weekend.

The Indian team currently sits third with 22 points from eight games, just behind Argentina and the Netherlands.

Belgium, on the other hand, sit in seventh place in the standings with 12 points from eight matches.

The women’s team will face Belgium on June 11-12 at the Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein Stadium in Antwerp, hoping to improve their overall standings.

“We are ready for Belgium. We have a number of seasoned players in our squad who know what it takes to win on foreign soil,” Savita said in a statement released by Hockey India.

“We have always performed well in recent months, and we are confident that we have what it takes to win big away games.”

India stunned Olympic champions Netherlands 2-1 in the first game of their double header but lost the second game 1-3 in a shootout in April.

“We have worked on the mistakes we made against the Netherlands in our previous two games and we are confident that we will not repeat the same mistakes in the next games,” said Savita.

“We have talked about the areas where we need to improve and have worked hard in those areas and are confident that we will be successful here.”

Deep Grace Ekka, who was named vice-captain, said the team had a lot of confidence and winning the next fixtures would boost their confidence ahead of the World Cup.

“I believe we are prepared. We have faith in ourselves, in our team and, more importantly, in each other. We are aware that we must maintain our performance as we prepare for the World Cup. FIH Women’s Hockey, which will take place in July this year,” said Ekka.

“We have to keep possession of the ball against Belgium, and we have to be active and press for possession when we don’t have it.

“Our immediate objective is to win these games, as well as the next games against Argentina and the United States, in order to lift our spirits before the World Cup,” she added.

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