Sushila – introspection is complete, it’s time to start afresh and work on the shortcomings sushila

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Sushila – introspection is complete, it’s time to start afresh and work on the shortcomings sushila

Bengaluru, Sep 21 (PTI) Indian women’s hockey team’s senior midfielder Sushila Chanu on Wednesday said the introspection is over and the need of the hour is to start with a fresh approach and work on the weak points that have been there in the last two years. appeared in the tournament.

India finished a disappointing ninth at the FIH Women’s World Cup in July this year but claimed their first Commonwealth Games medal in 16 years by winning a bronze in Birmingham.

The Indian women’s team is training at the national camp here ahead of their next big tournament in the form of the first FIH Nations Cup to be held in Valencia, Spain from December 10-17.

“We had plenty of time here at the SAI (Sports Authority of India) center to introspect on our performance in previous tournaments – FIH Women’s World Cup and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Sushila said in a Hockey India release.

“We are now training with a new approach and focussing on the areas where we fell behind during these two tournaments,” he said.

The Nations Cup is a qualifying tournament for the FIH Pro League 2023–24 in which India are placed in Pool B along with Canada, Japan and South Africa while Ireland, Italy, Korea and Spain are placed in Pool A.

Sushila, 30, from Manipur, who played 220 international matches for India, was also the captain of the team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Despite being a veteran, Sushila knows that it would be a big mistake to be sure of a place in the team as many young players have been doing well for some time now.

Sushila said, “There is a group of young players who are giving their 100 per cent in training every day and it is good to see that they inspire us to do well too. Of course, as seniors, we cannot guarantee our place in the team because we also need to show that we are eligible to play in big tournaments.

“I think this internal competition is good for the team and we are moving in the right direction,” he said.

Sushila also stressed on the importance of fitness in modern hockey.

“Working on fitness and speed has been our priority and this is our main focus in this camp as well,” he said.

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