The 19-year-old 'go-getter' from Hisar district in Haryana struck in the 41st minute as India defeated four-time champions Korea 2-1 in Kakamigahara, Japan on Sunday.
The win also sealed their berth in the FIH Junior World Cup, slated to be held in Santiago from November 29–December 10 this year. The top three teams from the Women's Junior Asia Cup 2023 make the cut for the global...
The win also cemented India's position atop Pool A. India finished the group stage of the tournament unbeaten, having won three games and drawn one.
Before this, India's best ever finish in the tournament was in the 2012 edition in Bangkok, when they entered the final of the continental showpiece for the first time, only to lose to China 2-5.
Indian Junior Women’s Victory in Semi-Final will confirm India’s berth in FIH Junior Hockey Women's World Cup 2023.
In their last pool match, they came from two goals down to salvage a point with a fighting 2-2 draw against Korea, as India have two wins and a draw to their name.
The talented 16-year-old has been in imperious form in the ongoing junior Asia Cup in Japan. She struck a brace in India's 11-0 hammering of Chinese Taipei that booked their semifinal berth.
The win meant India remained on top of Pool A following their thumping 22-0 win over Uzbekistan in the tournament opener.
The Indian women started their Junior Asia Cup sojourn with a morale-boosting 22-0 crushing of a lowly Uzbekistan.
India began attacking the Uzbekistan citadel from the onset and took an early lead when as Vaishnavi (3rd) converted a penalty corner.
The Indian junior women's team would be eager to follow in the footsteps of the men's side, which beat Pakistan to win its fourth Asia Cup crown.