The Fans of HockeyNewsWe need to work on our ball possesion: Deepika, India’s Vice Captain

After a good display in the first match of the ongoing FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015, both India Men and Women teams have enhanced their confidence.

Birendra Lakra of India during the third match between the Kookaburras v India men's International Hockey. Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth Western Australia, 8th November 2014. (Credits: treebyimages)

File Photo: Indian defender Birendra Lakra in action (Credits: treebyimages)

Defending units of both the team showed spectacular hockey skills on the ball and keeping opponents in control. This has helped the teams to concede only a few goals and penalty corners. The experience of the first match will help the India players to perform better in their second match of the tournament.

Speaking after the first match, India Men Team’s defender Birendra Lakra stated, “It’s a good start for our team, winning the first match, but we need to work on our defence structure and it has to be improved. We kept the ball possession in our side and dominated the match in the last three quarters but we conceded two goals, which is unfortunate for our team. As the tournament will be tougher by each match and we have to fill up gaps in our defence chain and strengthen the defence structure. Our new strategy is working in our favour, now we have to take it a notch higher in terms of defence.

Indian vice-captain Deepika and Goalie Savita Punia in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Indian vice-captain Deepika and Goalie Savita Punia in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Speaking post match, India Women Team Vice-Captain Deepika said, “The first match was a close-fought clash and we came close to score goals in few occasions. We have learnt few things from the match and we will use the experience in next matches. The upcoming matches, we have to raise our level and be in better shape to face the challenges. We need to work on our ball possession as we failed to keep the ball in our side in the last match. We are satisfied with our performance and we will come back strongly in the next match.

India Men Team will face Poland at 07:30 pm IST in their second match of the tournament on 23 June 2015 (Men’s Full Schedule here) while the Women Team will take on New Zealand on the same day at 05.30 pm IST (Women’s Full Schedule here). The matches will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports in India.

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