India ladies’s hockey goalkeeper and captain Savita feels the twin duty of being the final line of protection and main the aspect requires her to coach the thoughts in a different way, in order that she may help the crew extra effectively in stress conditions.
Talking in regards to the twin tasks, Savita mentioned, “The place of goalkeeper is a special duty. As an skilled goalkeeper, I at all times prepare with the mind-set that I’ve to assist the crew. As a captain, your duty will increase as a result of you must maintain your sport and likewise handle the efficiency of your crew.”
Savita led Indian within the debut season of the FIH Professional League 2021/22 the place the crew completed third. She additionally led the crew on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games the place India beat New Zealand 1-1 (2-1 SO) to win bronze.
“It’s doable that sometime your crew won’t be performing effectively, so you must inspire them as a captain. However working below chief coach Janneke Schopman, we’re in a position to divide the tasks amongst ourselves, so I really feel it has helped me play freely, with out feeling the stress,” added Savita.
Savita additionally expressed her gratitude on being nominated for the FIH Girls’s Goalkeeper of the 12 months Award 2021-22, and mentioned she feels she is shifting in the correct course. Savita, who had received the award in the identical class within the earlier version, mentioned that the assist from her teammates and training employees has confirmed to be useful.
“I really feel fairly good about being nominated in consecutive years. We continued to coach arduous after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the complete 12 months. Getting a nomination once more makes me really feel that I’m shifting in the correct course in coaching,” mentioned Savita.
“The teaching employees and the gamers have been fairly supportive. We’ve at all times labored collectively in each competitors. No achievement is a person achievement for any of us, however the results of crew efforts. As a goalkeeper, my job is to make sure my crew feels pleased with my efficiency and all of us try to assist one another out in reaching the outcomes. If certainly one of us is nominated, every member of the crew receives appreciation and that is what makes me comfortable,” the 32-year-old added.
The Indian crew returned to the coaching camp on August 29, as they put together for the FIH Girls’s Nations Cup set to be performed in December. The crew can also be trying ahead for the Asian Video games subsequent 12 months.
Savita mentioned profitable a medal on the Birmingham Video games has created a optimistic surroundings within the camp.
“After profitable a CWG medal, all of us felt fairly motivated and all of us had been longing for the camp to start in order that we will begin engaged on the areas the place we will enhance upon. All of the gamers are working actually arduous on the camp, and it’s fairly a optimistic surroundings on the camp,” Savita mentioned.
“An important match for us subsequent 12 months is the Asian Video games. We shall be competing within the FIH Nations Cup in December as effectively, however our primary purpose is to be ready for the Asian Video games,” she added.
Other than Savita, Harmanpreet Singh (FIH Participant of the 12 months Males), PR Sreejesh (FIH Goalkeeper of the 12 months Males), Sanjay (FIH Rising Star of the 12 months Males), Mumtaz Khan (FIH Rising Star of the 12 months Girls), Graham Reid (FIH Males’s Staff Coach of the 12 months Males) and Janneke Schopman (FIH Girls’s Staff Coach of the 12 months Girls) have additionally been nominated for the FIH Hockey Star Awards 2021–22.