India women’s hockey team registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over New Zealand in their last game of the tour on Wednesday. For India, striker Navneet Kaur scored a brace, while Sharmila scored an impressive field goal to guide Indian women’s team in the final encounter of the five-match series. Also Read - Hockey | COVID-19 Experience Made me Mentally Stronger, Says India Men's Captain Manpreet Singh
Navneet found the net in the 45th and 58th minutes, while Sharmila scored a field goal in the 54th minute as India drew curtains on the New Zealand tour on a bright note. After a goalless opening two quarters, Navneet finally broke the deadlock for India in the 45th minute. Also Read - Hockey | Systematic Approach And Two-way Communication Key to Rise in World Rankings: SV Sunil
Sharmila then doubled the lead when she struck a powerful shot past the New Zealand goalkeeper in the 54th minute. Navneet found the net again just two minutes from the final hooter with a beautiful field strike. Also Read - National Sports Day 2020: India Hockey Stars to Motivate Fans With Skills Challenge
India began the tour by thrashing New Zealand Development squad 4-0 before suffering close 1-2 and 0-1 defeats to the home senior team.
In the penultimate game of the tour, skipper Rani’s lone strike handed India a 1-0 win over Great Britain.
“…I am happy we produced three goals against New Zealand in the last match. This tour gave us a good insight about where we need to improve and one of the things is to create faster play than we do now,” said India’s Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.
Commenting on his side’s performance during the tour, Marijne said, “Sometimes we tend to keep the ball too long on the stick and then we create pressure. We need to avoid that by passing faster.
“On the defence side, we need to be a bit more calmer and need to improve our tackling. We will have a four-week camp after a short break when we return home and we will be working on these points.”
The Indian team will return home on February 7.