A striker from Mizoram, just 18 years old and the youngest in team India, Lalremsiami, scored an opener for India and helped the country enter the quarterfinals of the Women’s Hockey World Cup. India enjoyed a comprehensive 3-0 win over Italy at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Tuesday night.
Lalremsiami (9), Neha Goyal (45) and Vandana Katariya (55) were the goal-scorers for India in a rather one-sided cross-over tie. India started slowly, but it did not take long for the team to start dictating play. The ball found Lalremsiami at the far corner and the teenager from Mizoram calmly beat the goalkeeper at the near post and delivered a bold finish.
For Lalremsiami, who was trained locally at Kolasib in northern Mizoram, the ultimate dream was to play in the World Cup. On being selected for team India, Lalremsiami said it was a ‘dream come true’ to have the chance to represent the nation. She is the only girl from the Northeast to represent India at this World Cup.
In a State where football dominates all other sports, Lalremsiami has made a name for herself and stole the limelight in Mizoram, where she shared the headlines with star players like Jeje Lalpekhlua, and S Malsawmtluanga from Mizoram
Lalremsiami said, before leaving for the World Cup, that as a striker, the team expects her to score goals, and that is what she has proved in the World Cup so far and will continue to do so; the young player has proved that she is capable and talented enough to find the net.