“Happy to qualify for next year’s World Cup on merit”: Rani
“We are all extremely happy that we won the Asia Cup and have earned the qualification for next year’s World Cup on merit. We had a lot of young players in the team who showed great spirit in playing on such a big platform. The team gave a good fight to China and China too played equally well today and the match went into a penalty shootout. It was high-level competition and we did not drop our level at any point in the game. Savita made a brilliant save in sudden death and I am happy I could convert that goal in sudden death. The win was a result of a lot of hard work through this entire year and also the efforts of our coaching staff.
We would like to especially thank Hockey India and SAI (Sports Authority of India) for their continued support and ensuring we get the best facilities. This motivates us to do better and better. Hopefully, we will carry this confidence and motivation into the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year.
We were not happy with our performance in Johannesburg at the World League Semi-Final and right then the team had decided that we need to start winning in order to gain that confidence to perform well in top tournaments. We worked a lot on creating PCs and Gurjit worked hard on converting PCs during our camps. We were also well-prepared for a shootout situation as we were anticipating the knockouts to end in a shootout. All the preparation helped us today.
Finally, now that we have won, there is going to be a lot of dancing and celebrations back in the hotel.”