The 26-year-old will captain the side against Argentina.
The Indian women’s hockey team will resume international matches after a long hiatus on Sunday as they play their first of eight matches scheduled during their tour of Argentina. Looking forward to their first competition since the outbreak of the pandemic, India’s captain Rani Rampal emphasized on the importance of having the tour.
Rani Rampal said, “I think this tour is really important for us in terms of resuming competitive hockey. We have a crucial year to look forward to, and with such matches against strong sides, we will be able to keep working hard towards our goal of preparing well for the Tokyo Olympics.”
“It has been a strange period for sportspeople around the world, but to be resuming doing what we love the most, it is the best feeling. On behalf of my team, I would like to thank and highlight the efforts of both Hockey India and the Argentine federation for having organized this tour for us. We are looking forward to testing ourselves against some strong teams, and also understanding where we stand at the moment.”
Having been awarded the prestigious Khel Ratna Award in the past year, Rani Rampal also added that she intends to keep working hard for the nation, and hopes to start this important year on a positive note.
She stated, “As they say, sport can bring a lot of joy to people across various spheres of life, and for me and my team, that puts a responsibility on our shoulders. We know what our aim is this year, and we want to make sure that we start the year in the perfect manner, put in some excellent performances, and build some momentum again.”
“However, we also understand and take into consideration that we haven’t played an international match with the maximum intensity in these past 9-10 months, and that we might take time to get back into our groove, and that is what this tour is all about.”
India will play the first match against the Argentine junior women’s hockey team on Sunday at 6 PM local time, which in India will be 2 AM IST on Monday, 18 January 2021.