Meet Vandana Katariya – Indian Hockey Star

As the FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 Event is underway at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, Sports Rediscovered provides a profile of an upcoming hockey star, Vandana Katariya.

Vandana Katariya has been a fulcrum around which the Indian team’s forwardline has revolved at the FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 Event. The 22-year-old Uttarakhand girl has been in a rich vein of form in the league, first slamming a sizzling hat-trick en route to scoring four goals in India’s 13-0 walloping of lowly Ghana. The nippy striker again found her scoring stick in the second match against Poland, which the hosts managed to win by a 2-0 scoreline.

Meteoric Rise: Vandana KatariyaVandana Katariya in action during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Vandana Katariya – The young star from Haridwar

Hailing from Roshanabad village in Haridwar district, Vandana is one of the most improved players upfront for India in the last couple of years. The youngster first made her junior international debut in 2006 before going on to make her senior international debut four years later. Vandana tasted epochal success in 2013 when she dazzled with her stick emerging as the country’s top goal-scorer, helping India bag a coveted bronze medal in the Junior Women’ World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany – in fact, Vandana’s five goals made her the third highest goal-scorer of the tournament.

She may be just 22, but has already acquired fair amount of international experience and even made her 100th international appearance at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games against Canada – a match in which Vandana did not score any goals, but did play a big part in her team’s opening goal providing the goal-scoring pass to Rani Rampal.

No wonder, she is seen an exciting prospect for the future.

“In my book, Vandana is one of the top forwards in world hockey. She is quick, can score goals, can defend and is improving all the time,”

gushes Indian women’s hockey team’s stop-gap coach Roelant Oltmans.

Oltmans has no doubts that the Uttarakhand girl can serve the national team for a long time.

“Vandana is only 22, and has already played more than hundred internationals. She is richer with the senior team experience and should have a great career ahead provided she keeps improving and stays injury-free.”

From the Indian team’s perspective, one would hope that Vandana maintains her superb form in the upcoming games and help India win the FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 Event and seal a berth in the FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 3 Event, which will be either held in Belgium or Spain.

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