Scotland, 19 July 2014: Indian women’s hockey ace forward Rani Rampal and men’s mid-fielder Danish Mujtaba are all set to don national colors for the second time in Commonwealth Games, when they take field at Glasgow National Hockey Centre in Scotland next week onwards.
With 111 caps each, Rani and Danish Mujtaba are seasoned players and were all praise for their peers and teammates. Danish Mujtaba is making a comeback in the team and is looking forward to support the Captain Sardar Singh in mid-field, Rani on the other hand, has her full support in favour of her young teammate Ritusha Arya who is currently in her best form and at an all time high post her ‘highest goal scorer’ recognition in the Malaysian Tour.
It more like taking up more responsibility for Rani, who was once youngest player in the team and threat to opponent’s defence with her quick movement in the D with accurate shots on goal. She has only improved since then and now with this leading role in forward line she will be critical for the performance of Indian women’ team at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and future tournaments.
Speaking on the preparations, Forward player Rani (Women) commenting on Ritusha Arya said, “Ritusha Arya with her 15 caps has proved to be a big threat to the defence of the opponent during our tour to Malaysia as well as the recent international matches that we have played. During our preparations here, she looks in form and will soon be seen in action again. Poonam Rani and I are happy with her in the team as she has complemented our play on the field since the day she has made her debut on the international arena”.
Speaking on his comeback, Midfielder Danish Mujtaba (Men) said, “With my comeback in the team, my focus will be to support Captain Sardar Singh in the midfield position and in the process to give the required balance to both the forward line-up as well as the defence position. Apart from Sardar Singh our midfield has the backing of names like Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Manpreet Singh and this I believe makes us a formidable line-up for the opponents. Also I believe that the faster we play, better chances will open up for the team.”
The Women Hockey Team will take on Canada on 24th July 2014 and the Men Hockey Team will clash with Wales on 25th July 2014, in their first match, in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow (Scotland) (Schedule here).