Kuala Lumpur, April 3: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team led by ace goalkeeper Savita will begin their campaign against Malaysia on Thursday. The team, after a successful outing in Spain earlier this year where they beat the hosts, 2018 Women’s World Cup Bronze Medallists, once (5-2), drew twice (1-1 and 2-2) and lost (2-3). The team had further improved with a 1-1 draw and 3-0 win against Ireland who won Silver at the 2018 Women’s World Cup.
The Indian team will be looking at repeating their feat with a victorious Tour in Malaysia. Speaking of the five-match bi-lateral series, Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “Always raising the bar is not easy, that demands discipline and taking responsibility. That ownership is again one of the main areas I would like to see our team improve. Our challenge is not our opponent but always ourselves.”
The last time India met Malaysia in a big event was at the 2017 Asia Cup where they had beaten Malaysia 2-0 in the round robin league before winning the title in a tense Final against China. “It is difficult to say how they play as we have not played against them in a while but the last time I saw Malaysia was during the Asian Games in Jakarta and that is a while ago. From what I saw there, they like to play long aerial balls and like to defend with a lot of passion,” Marijne said.