Legendary Dhanraj Pillay believes with Rani Rampal on the helm and Savita Punia below the bar, the Indian girls’s hockey crew has the power to spring a shock in subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics.”We have the most effective captains in Rani. I feel Rani and goalkeeper Savita can take the crew to a podium end. The crew is working actually arduous, making ready for the Olympics and I’m assured of reveal,” Pillay stated on ‘In The Sportlight’ reveal hosted by paddler Mudit Dani.
Rani had led India to the rostrum on the 2018 Asian Games and likewise guided the crew to Olympics for the second successive time.Savita, who is among the most skilled players within the crew, has additionally performed an important function within the Olympic Qualifier.A four-time Olympian, Pillay additionally believes hockey has come a great distance, particularly relating to stamina and bodily skills.
“What hockey I played and what these players have been playing for the last 10-15 years, there is no match. The current players are playing based on their fitness abilities. “Fitness has changed Indian hockey and also the players are very serious about their physique and endurance abilities,” he stated.
“Today the Indian team can be compared with Australia or Netherlands or Germany. They can give a tough fight to any team in the world,” added Pillay.