India a strong contender for the gold medal in Junior Women’s Hockey  World Cup: Sushila Chanu
Sushila Chanu

India a strong contender for the gold medal in Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup: Sushila Chanu

New Delhi, April 2, 2022

Veteran halfback Sushila Chanu feels that the current Indian team is a very strong contender for the gold at the Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

In her appearance on Hockey India podcast Hockey Te Charcha, Sushila said, “This is a really tight-knit group with excellent understanding between each other on the field, and off the field as well.

“They have trained together as a group for a really long time, and even played practice matches against the Senior Women’s Team in the National Camp at SAI Bengaluru and in Bhubaneswar in which they have contested well.

"The group also consists of players who have represented the Senior Team on the big stage like the Olympics. These reasons lead me to believe that India is a strong contender for the gold medal in the upcoming World Cup,” said Chanu.

Recalling fond memories of the time she led the Junior Team as captain during the 2013 World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, Sushila said, “We had the time of our lives during that campaign. We were so young and carefree at the time, but each one of us was completely focussed on using that competition as a platform to improve on our skills individually, and as a team. Our communication within the team was so strong at the time. It was one of the key reasons behind our success .”

India had secured the bronze medal after overcoming England on penalty shootouts in the playoff match.

Talking about the pivotal game that shaped her fledgling career at the time, Sushila said, “Winning that medal was the biggest achievement of my life. I will never forget that game and that moment when we secured victory.

“The penalty shootouts were going on, and everyone in the team was huddled together in the centre of the pitch and we were all praying together. After winning the match that day, we were all overjoyed. That campaign was truly unforgettable.”

NNN

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