Basking in the glory of the new feather in her hat as a finisher in the Indian women’s hockey team striker Navjot Kaur says she owes her success to her father. Kaur reveals that her father had always wanted one of his three children to set their feet in sports.
“I wouldn’t have been able to reach where I am today without the support of my parents. Especially my father, who encouraged me to take up hockey in school. He always dreamed about one of his children becoming a sportsperson. I am really glad that I have been able to fulfil his dreams. Hopefully I keep improving my game in the future. Making my parents proud through my achievements on the field is always on my wish list,” said Navjot, HockeyIndia reported.
“The finisher’s role is very crucial”
Since her debut on the hockey field in December 2012 in a match against New Zealand, Kaur has been phenomenal. Having been part of many memorable victories of the Indian hockey team, Navjot Kaur has now become a key member as a finisher of the Indian side. A vital persona on India’s forward line, she aims to become one of the best finishers of women’s hockey someday.
On her part as a finisher on field, she says, “The finisher’s role is very crucial for any hockey side. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to execute the chances created by my teammates.” Adding on, the highest scorer among the forwards said, “There is certainly a lot of pressure that comes with the job, but I have certainly enjoyed the challenge so far. I want to keep working hard on the techniques of finishing. Then hopefully, I will become the best finisher in the world one day. It’s amazing to be in a position to convert goal-scoring opportunities for the team.”
On her best moments in career
Navjot Kaur at just the age of 25 has played 172 matches so far for the Indian hockey team. She recalls some of the best moments of her career in this field. She says, “Being part of the bronze medal and silver medal-winning teams at the Asian Games 2014 and 2018 respectively has to be on the top of the list but 2019 was one of the most crucial years for us.”
Kaur, who hails from Kurukshetra, Haryana was selected as the Player of the Match in the final of the Asian Cup. She says, “It was absolutely brilliant to be part of the victorious team at the FIH Women’s Series Finals. We then followed it up by booking a place in the Tokyo Olympics. That was after defeating USA in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers later in the year.”
All hail the field queen! Navjot Kaur, you are such an inspiration!
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Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople Tv