India women's hockey team will look to avenge the pool stage loss when they face Ireland in the quarter-final of the Women's Hockey World Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Thursday. World no. 10 India last played in a quarter-final encounter 40 years ago in the 1978 Madrid Women's World Cup.
The team's semi-final appearance in the inaugural edition of the World Cup in 1974 remains the best Indian performance in the history of the prestigious event.
However, these stats would not play on the team's mind when they take on the World no.16 Ireland on Thursday, according to skipper Rani Rampal.
"All I know is, we are not done yet. Our best hockey is yet to come," she asserted adding that the only thing on their minds would be to avenge their narrow 0-1 loss in the Pool Stage to Ireland and book a place in the Semi Final against the winners of Spain Vs Germany quarter-final match.
Indian skipper also urged the Indian fans to support the team in the next match. Hockey India posted a video of Rani Rampal urging the Indians to support the team.
"Indian women's Hockey team have entered the quarterfinals of the World Cup with the support of all the fans. Please support us in the match by watching it. We need your blessings and support. We will give our 100 per cent on the field and but you guys please support us outside the ground. And we will make you all feel proud after tomorrow's game. Keep Supporting India, Jai Hind," Rani Rampal said.
Indian Women's Team Captain @imranirampal calls on hockey fans to watch India's Quarter Final clash against Ireland tomorrow and spread the #CheerForEves as the team aims to leave a mark during their campaign at the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/UrAZJPMMJU— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 1, 2018
Few months back Indian football skipper Sunil Chhetri also pleaded to the fans on social media to support the football team in Intercontinental Cup at the home ground. In response to that video, a huge crowd came to support the football team in the stadium.
With Agency Inputs