Bengaluru: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s recent tours to Argentina and Germany respectively has been crucial in their preparations for the Olympic Games, feels experienced defender Deep Grace Ekka.
Playing against world-class teams that have very unique playing styles has provided the Indian team crucial insights into their own game and has helped them define the areas that need attention in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“Playing against Argentina and Germany, both highly ranked in the world, with very different and unique playing styles has been very helpful in planning the areas we need to improve in the days leading up to the Olympics,” Grace said.
“World no.3 Argentina plays man-to-man, and their style is quite conventional. Personally, for me, playing against Germany was quite intriguing because of their style and attacking game. There was a lot to learn about how the German players communicate on the field and how they create space in pursuit of circle entries. Their attack is aggressive, they are quick and think on their feet.”