“Our squad has improved a lot”, says Vandana Kataria ahead of India Women’s hockey match

Last update: July 29, 2022, 4:13 PM IST

Vandana Kataria (IANS Image)

Ahead of the Indian women’s hockey team’s opening match against Ghana, pace forward Vandana Kataria believes the squad has “improved a lot” since their FIH Women’s World Cup 2022 disappointment two weeks ago.

Ahead of the Indian women’s hockey team’s opening match against Ghana at the Commonwealth Games here on Friday, speedy forward Vandana Kataria believes that the disappointment of the FIH Women’s World Cup 2022 two weeks ago to mount a challenge in Birmingham. The squad has since “improved considerably”.

Vandana, who was the team’s top scorer at the FIH Women’s World Cup 2022 in the Netherlands and Spain, where she scored three goals in six games, expressed her thoughts ahead of the pool match against Ghana.

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“Our preparations are going very well. After the World Cup we have two weeks to prepare for the opener. We have devoted all our time to working on our strengths and making sure we are a team. I think our team has improved a lot in these two weeks.

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The star forward added, “Although our performance in the World Cup was not a showcase of our full potential, it fills me with hope and happiness that we always tried to play our game. We never gave up.” It shows the mental strength of the players in this squad which gives us the lead ahead of our first game at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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This will be Vandana’s third Commonwealth Games, as she featured in the quadrennial Games in 2014 and 2018. Asked about his performance and form, he said, “I think I’m in great form and the momentum from the World Cup is with me. I’m ready and ready to go and start the first match. Can’t wait. I’m very optimistic about my squad’s medal chances at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

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