Exclusive: We are hungry for medals, says India’s Savita Punia ahead of World Cup

The expert goalkeeper is positive of leading the Indian group to a platform coating at the Female’s Globe Mug following month

Having actually come to be a component of hockey mythology by squashing the tidal wave of Australian strikes to guide India right into the 2020 Olympic semifinals, Savita Punia is not awkward managing the climbing assumptions in India.

A year after her Tokyo heroics, the expert goalkeeper understands that her nation will certainly anticipate a medal when she leads the Indian group at the Female’s Globe Mug (July 1– 17), which will certainly be co-hosted by the Netherlands as well as Spain.

India’s third-place coating behind international titans Argentina as well as Netherlands in the Female’s FIH Pro Organization this year confirmed that their sensational go to the Tokyo semifinal was not a fluke.

The group have likewise dealt incredibly well with the lack of Rani Rampal, the normal captain as well as a fabulous demonstrator that has actually been fighting injury concerns for virtually a year.

India will certainly be missing out on Rampal’s lung-busting go for the Globe Mug, however Punia thinks the group have what it requires to get to the platform.

Throughout a special meeting with Khaleej Times, the 31-year-old Punia claimed her gamers are hopeless to put on the evasive medal around their necks as well as would certainly deal with every suit like a do-or-die fight.

You have 2 huge occasions currently, the Globe Mug (July 1– 17) as well as the Birmingham Republic Gamings (July 28-August 8)? Exactly how are the prep work?

We have actually established brand-new objectives after the Olympics as well as we are functioning extremely difficult to attain those objectives. We have actually played well in the FIH Pro Organization versus great groups, to make sure that implies our prep work have actually been great until now. We await both events.

You have actually been such a remarkable entertainer for the group for several years currently. So obtaining this possibility to captain India needs to be a really pleased minute …

Really to be a participant of this Indian group has actually been a wonderful honour for me all these years. It’s a group where each gamer is attempting to provide her ideal in her placement. There is terrific unity in the camp as well as I am extremely pleased with the reality that I belong to this Indian group. And also as a goalkeeper, I have my very own duties. As well as I am currently the captain of the group, so it’s an extraordinary honour for me. If belonging to the group makes me so pleased as well as pleased, after that you can envision what it implies to me as well as my moms and dads to be the captain of this group. Yet you recognize, all the 18 participants of the group are similarly vital. We have actually been one huge household.

The group’s various other elderly gamer, Rani Rampal, will certainly be missing out on once more for injury concerns. Exactly how well do you believe the group has handled her lack considering that the last Olympics?

Obviously, Rani is a wonderful gamer. As you recognize, Rani hasn’t had the ability to play on a regular basis considering that the last Olympics. Obviously, experience matters a whole lot as well as Rani is a widely seasoned gamer. Yet our instructor (Janneke Schopman) has actually established such high requirements for every person in the group that the gamer that is playing in Rani’s placement understands she needs to execute continually to be in the group. So whoever obtains an opportunity attempts to do her ideal for the group.

Individuals have actually seen the lead to the Olympics in 2015. You defeated Australia to get to the semifinals in Tokyo, as well as missed out on the bronze by a hair. After that you ended up third lately in the FIH Pro Organization, an occasion where all the leading groups took part. Yet most likely what many people have not seen is the effort placed in by the group in the last three-four years to reach this degree …

As you claimed, we made a development in the Olympics in 2015. Yet it was 3 years of effort that equated right into efficiency at the Olympics in Tokyo. You recognize we had actually won the 2017 Asia Mug gold as well as likewise won the silver at the 2018 Oriental Gamings. So the procedure began at the very least four-five years earlier. Obviously, when we ended up 4th at the Olympics, it provided us extraordinary inspiration as well as self-confidence that of course we can play well versus the leading groups worldwide. On the initial day of our post-Olympic camp, we began with the exact same commitment as well as strength since we were not simply pleased with the 4th location in Tokyo. We missed out on the medal. So we intend to function also harder for the following huge events. That has actually been the need of our instructor in every training session. That’s the reason we have actually handled to complete 3rd in the FIH Pro organization where the globe’s ideal groups were playing.

The Olympic was undoubtedly such a large phase as well as the group did exceptionally well. Yes, you did not win the medal, however it was outstanding to see the regard you gained also from the huge competing groups. Currently the group will certainly remain in the spotlight in every huge competition, every step will certainly be adhered to. So what is it like managing these assumptions?

Absolutely, the assumptions from the general public have actually increased after the Olympics. The assumptions are all-natural since we really did not complete 4th by coincidence. We played great hockey versus the very best hockey groups worldwide to get to that phase. We enhanced with each suit. In the Asia Mug this year, we missed out on the gold, however we received the Globe Mug as well as did truly well in the Pro Organization. Currently every person has assumptions from us, however a lot more notably, we have actually come to be starving for success currently, we have actually come to be starving for medals currently. We intend to maintain enhancing. To attain those objectives, we will certainly deal with every suit like a do-or-die fight.

As you claimed, you are currently starving for success, starving for medals. To ensure that will absolutely be the objective at the Globe Mug as well as the Republic Gamings …

Obviously, we desire medals. As well as this is the reason we have actually been functioning so hard in every training session. It’s our largest inspiration, it makes us neglect all the discomfort when we educate everyday. So the medal is our primary inspiration. Yet obviously, our primary emphasis gets on efficiency. We need to defend those 60 mins on the area in every suit.

Did you recognize?

In the 2020 Olympic quarterfinals, Savita Punia made 9 conserves in India’s 1-0 gain globe second Australia in what was just one of the best troubles in the background of females’s hockey

2022 Globe Mug


Spain, the Netherlands

Swimming Pool A

Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Chile

Swimming Pool B

England, New Zealand, India, China

Swimming Pool C

Argentina, Spain, South Korea, Canada

Swimming Pool D

Australia, Belgium, Japan, South Africa

India’s document Globe Mugs

1974: fourth

1976: Did not certify

1978: 7th

1981: Did not certify

1983: 11th

1986: Did not certify

1990: Did not certify

1994: Did not certify

1998: 12th

2002: Did not certify

2006: 11th

2010: 9th

2014: Did not certify

2018: 8th

India’s renovation in recent times

2017 Oriental Mug


2018 Oriental Gamings


2020 Olympics

4th location (India’s first-ever Olympic semifinal look)

2022 Asia Mug


2021-2022 FIH Pro Organization

3rd location behind Argentina as well as Netherlands (India ended up in advance of Germany)

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