After missing out on the 2018 Asian Games and World Cup the same year, Sushila has made a comeback and has become a strong force in the team’s development over the last four years.
- Last updated: June 29, 2022, 12:45 IST
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Despite playing 208 matches for the country, and representing India in the back-to-back Olympics games, winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, the Manipur-born midfielder missed out on a chance to play in 2018. World Cup due to injury.
“In 2018, I missed the World Cup in London due to injury. Since then, I’ve been struggling with the form that resulted in me missing out on the Asian Games in Jakarta that year. It was probably the biggest low of my career. It was a difficult phase but I was determined to cross it and get my place in the team again, ”Sushila said on Wednesday.
After missing out on the 2018 Asian Games, where India won silver and the World Cup the same year, where India reached the quarter-finals, Sushila made a comeback and has become a strong force in the team’s development over the last four years.
She was part of India’s victory in the FIH Series Finals as well as the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in Bhubaneswar. She also played a key role in the Tokyo Olympics, and was later featured in India’s line-up for the 2021 Women’s Asia Cup.
Sushila won her 200th international cap while representing India in the FIH Women’s Pro League 2021/22 where India finished third.
“I am very happy and excited to have this opportunity to represent India in the World Cup. For many of my teammates this is their second outing in the World Cup but for me it is the first. It is an emotional moment for me and I am sure it will be a memorable one for us, “she said on the sidelines of the team’s practice match against Chile in Amstelveen.
Speaking about the mood in the camp before the clash against England, Sushila said: “We arrived in Amstelveen immediately after our Pro League matches ended in Rotterdam last week. We have enough time to settle in the team hotel and we are also training at the World Cup venue.
“Certainly everyone is excited and eager to give their 100 per cent. The Netherlands is a wonderful place for hockey and the hosts have created a great atmosphere for the participating teams. We are all looking forward to our first match and we need a good start against England, ”Chanu added.