Indian Women's Hockey skipper Rani Rampal has issued a warning to the side stating that their tour of Spain would be the last chance to experiment with the squad ahead of the the World Cup. The 23-year-old forward has shown trust in the youngsters to do well in Spain claiming a place in WC squad.
The Indian eves would be taking on Spain in a five-match series starting on June 12 in Madrid, where they are likely to test all of their 20 players from squad along with the inclusion of Rani Rampal, their captain, who had taken a break from the Asian trophy earlier in May.
Rani, who was the youngest player (15-year-old) in the 2010 World Cup squad to field for the national team, has been of the opinion that this tour would provide opportunities for to youngsters to prove their worth ahead of World Cup.
“The youngsters did really well in the Asian Champions Trophy, and if they can have a consistent performance in Spain, they stand a good chance to draw the national selectors’ attention,” said Rani, quoted PTI.
After a fourth-place finish in the Commonwealth Games and a silver in the Asian Champions Trophy, the skipper is now showing belief in her young team’s consistency and has stated that the upcoming series will be important in getting a concrete squad and the right combinations ahead of the sport’s biggest event.
“We obviously won’t be going there as the underdog, especially after a good show in the CWG. But the way we play in London will certainly have an impact on our performance at the Asian Games. The Spain tour will be our last and best chance to experiment too,” she added.