Dhanraj Pillay believes that the Indian women team will be able to spring a surprise in next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. He mentioned that it was possible with Rani Rampal at the helm and Savita Punia under the bar.
“We have one of the best captains in Rani. I think Rani and goalkeeper Savita can take the team to a podium finish. The team is working really hard, preparing for the Olympics and I am confident of a good show,” Pillay said on In The Sportlight show.
Savita is one of the most experienced campaigners in the team. She has played a crucial role in the Olympic Qualifier.
Being a four-time Olympian, Pillay believes that hockey has come a long way. He means it especially when it comes to stamina and physical abilities.
“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.
“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.