MUMBAI: Legendary Dhanraj Pillay believes with Rani Rampal on the helm and Savita Punia below the bar, the Indian girls’s hockey crew has the power to spring a shock in subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics.
“We’ve got top-of-the-line captains in Rani. I feel Rani and goalkeeper Savita can take the crew to a podium end. The crew is working actually onerous, making ready for the Olympics and I’m assured of a superb present,” Pillay mentioned on ‘In The Sportlight’ present hosted by paddler Mudit Dani.
Rani had led India to the rostrum on the 2018 Asian Video games and likewise guided the crew to Olympics for the second successive time.
Savita, who is likely one of the most skilled gamers within the crew, has additionally performed an important function within the Olympic Qualifier.
A four-time Olympian, Pillay additionally believes hockey has come a great distance, particularly in the case of stamina and bodily talents.
“What hockey I performed and what these gamers have been taking part in for the final 10-15 years, there isn’t a match. The present gamers are taking part in primarily based on their health talents. “Health has modified Indian hockey and likewise the gamers are very critical about their physique and endurance talents,” he mentioned.
“As we speak the Indian crew could be in contrast with Australia or Netherlands or Germany. They can provide a tricky combat to any crew on the earth,” added Pillay.

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