Hockey India congratulates Monika for completing 150 International Caps
Bhubaneswar: The second match in the two-legged FIH Olympic Qualifiers witnessed the Indian Women’s Hockey Team midfielder Monika achieve the milestone of completing 150 International caps. The 25-year-old from Chandigarh, Punjab who made her International debut in 2012 against New Zealand in Naples, has since been an integral part of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team.
She was part of the Indian Team that won the Bronze Medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea and represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a historic moment for India as the women’s team had qualified for the event after 36 years. Monika’s performance was significant in India’s victory at the 2017 Women’s Asia Cup where the team beat China in the Final. She was also part of the Indian team that won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and she also played an important role in the team’s magnificent 5-1 win against the USA on Friday.
“It is an incredible feeling to complete 150 International matches here in Bhubaneswar. It was always a dream for me to play in front of a home crowd and what better place than the fantastic Kalinga Stadium. I thank all the spectators who have come to cheer for us and watch our matches against USA. I could not have achieved this milestone without the support of my teammates and constant motivation from our support staff, Hockey India and of course my family,” stated an elated Monika.
Congratulating Monika on her milestone, Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India, said, “On behalf of Hockey India I congratulate Monika on completing this milestone. She is an integral part of the Indian Women’s Team and plays the role of an experienced senior player constantly egging on the youngsters in the team apart from performing her role as expected by the team and coaching staff. She has been part of India’s resurgence in the world ranking and has contributed in India’s important victories. I wish her the very best in her path towards future milestones.”