In the preparation of Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Indian Women’s Hockey team traveled to Kuala Lumpur to play a 6 match-series against Malaysia from June 9th to 17th.
13th ranked India won all the matches to return home with 6-0 victory in the six-match series against 21st ranked Malaysia.
It would have been better if India had chosen to travel to Europe instead of Malaysia. India could have played two series 3-tests against either two of the Spain (14th World Rank), Scotland (16th), Azerbaijan (17th) and Ireland (15th) or may be a tri-nation series. India would have got better teams to play with in Europe hence better test of their preparations resulting in more learning. If not Europe, they could have played a series against good domestic sides such as Railway or Haryana or Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy. Continue reading →