Odisha’s Lilima Minz completes 100 international caps for India

Bhubaneswar/ Jinchun (Korea): 23-year-old Lilima Minz from Odisha is now having a dream run as the prolific mid-fielder of Indian women’s hockey team recently completed her 100 international caps during the second game between India and Korea.

It took Lilima six years to achieve the feat after she made her international debut in a four-nation tournament in Argentina in 2011.

Born in Bihabandh-Tanatoli village of Sundergarh, Lilima had her initial training at Panposh Hostel in Rourkela and was later selected for the national camp following a series of impressive performances in the domestic circuit.

“It is a very special moment for me to play 100 matches for India. 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. This is an important year for us with Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup all lined up. I am focused on my role in the team and look forward to achieve our team goals,” expressed Lilima after being felicitated by Chief Coach Harendra Singh ahead of her 100th match today in Korea.

Lilima has represented India in several prominent tournaments including the  Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

She was also a part of the Indian team that won Bronze Medal at the  Asian Games held in Incheon, Korea in 2014. She was also part of the Indian squad that participated in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after a gap of 36 years. Lilima was also part of the Indian team that won the Women’s Asia Cup last year.