Bhubaneswar: India’s prolific midfielder Lilima Minz completed the milestone of playing 100th international matches for the country, when she took field against the host South Korea in the second of the five-match series, on Wednesday.
Hockey India congratulated Lilima on the occasion.
“Hockey India congratulates Lilima Minz, forward of Indian Women’s Hockey Team, as she reaches the landmark of 100 international matches for the National Team against Korea in the five-match Korea tour on 6th March 2018,” tweeted Hockey India while congratulating the 23-year-old player.
Lilima also expressed her happiness by saying that, “It is a very special moment for me to complete 100 matches for India. My career took off after joining the Panposh Sports Hostel in Rourkela.
“I thank my coaches from Odisha who helped me in my formative years. I feel fortunate to be part of this talented Indian team where teammates and support staff are more like family members,” added Lilima.
“This is an important year for us with Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup. I am focused on my role in the team and look forward to achieving our team goals for the year,” the woman hockey player stated.
Lilima made her International debut for the women’s team in 2011 during the four-nation tournament in Argentina.
Born in Odisha’s Bihabandh-Tanatoli village in Sundargarh district, Lilima was picked in the national camp after a series of impressive performances in the domestic circuit while she was a trainee at Panposh Hostel in Rourkela.
Lilima has climbed the ranks in Indian hockey with significant performances in Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, Asian Games in Incheon, Korea in 2014 in which the team clinched Bronze Medal.
She was a member of the Indian team that won the women’s hockey test series 6-0 against Malaysia.
Lilima also represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where Indian women’s hockey team made their first appearance in 36 years.
“A very determined player, resolute on the field with qualities that motivate other players, Lilima has over the years proved her worth in the team with significant performances,” said Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said.
“She’s been part of India’s major victories and I wish her the very best in her endeavors for this important calendar year,” added Ahmad.