As China continues to expand its in- fluence in the region, India must navigate a delicate bal- ance between diplomacy and safeguarding its national security interests.
India, having lost four of the five games they have played so far, will take on formidable the Netherlands in their sixth game of the FIH Hockey Pro League (Women) at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, Rourkela on Wednesday.
India had a tough time in the league this season. After suffering a 1-2 defeat in their first match against China, the host lost 1-3 to the Netherlands and 0-3 to Australia before beating the United States 3-1 in their final match of the Bhubaneswar leg.
In their first match of the Rourkela leg, India took the lead early in the game but China came back strongly to win the game 2-1.
“We haven’t got the results we have wanted but I believe we have what it takes to put on a good show and get a few points on our side. I think we are playing well in patches so if we can get more consistent with that, we can definitely go on to win more games,” said Captain Savita.
While the World’s No.1 team the Netherlands has had the edge over India, the latter has shown glimpses of what they’re capable of throughout the tournament.
The results haven’t been in India’s favour but they will look to turn it around and go up the table when they play the Dutch on Wednesday.
Team Chief Coach Janneke Schopman admitted that , “The Netherlands is a quality side but we are not short on talent or ability. We will be patient while keeping the intensity of our hockey high and try to convert any scoring opportunities we have.”