Defence predominant focus in subsequent two video games in Australia: Deep Grace Ekka | Hockey Information – Occasions of India

ADELAIDE: The main focus can be on defence and never conceding simple targets because the Indian ladies’s hockey workforce appears to be like to bounce again and log out with wins towards Australia A of their final two video games of the tour right here.
The Indians have performed three video games towards Australia, shedding 2-4 and 2-3 within the first two video games, respectively, after which coming from behind within the third game to make sure a 1-1 consequence.
Of their last two video games of the tour, the guests will face Australia ‘A’ right here on Thursday and Saturday.
The publicity journey is a part of India’s preparation for the upcoming Asian Video games and vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka believes {that a} sturdy defence line will probably be vital to the workforce’s possibilities.
“Given that we played against a strong team like Australia, we produced a good show in the first three games, especially attacking-wise, but we conceded quite a few goals, which shouldn’t be happening,” Ekka stated.
“Hence, we are focusing on improving our defending in the next two games and ending our tour on a high by winning the remaining matches.”
The Indian workforce demonstrated good attacking prowess in all three video games, however they struggled to maintain Australia from scoring targets.
“Also, if we ensure that we don’t concede goals easily, it will help our forward line put pressure on opponents by attacking freely, which will ultimately increase our chances of winning games not only in this tour but also in our upcoming tournaments,” the 28-year-old added.
Ekka lately achieved the milestone of finishing 250 worldwide matches.
Ekka had aided India’s comeback within the third sport, changing a penalty nook after Australia took the lead.
“It felt great to score that goal as it came at a crucial time and also helped the team make a comeback in the game.
“We began the match on a stable observe and even saved many of the possession within the opening quarter to manage the tempo of the match.
“However, we conceded a goal in the second quarter which put us on the back foot, following which we were desperate to display our fighting spirit and find the equaliser. So, in that sense, I feel lucky to deliver it for my team when they need it the most,” she added.

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