Indian Women’s Hockey Team midfielder Lilima Minz, who hails from Odisha, achieved the milestone of playing 150 international matches for the country on Wednesday.
Lilima achieved the feat during India’s final match of the Olympic Test Event against Japan held at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
“It is an extremely proud moment for me to be completing 150 international caps for my country. My career took off after joining the Panposh Sports Hostel in Rourkela, and 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,” said Lilima.
“The experience of representing the nation 150 times has been amazing over the years, and I have been fortunate enough to have won some medals for the country. It is again an important phase leading up to next year’s Olympic Games, and I am looking forward to achieving our team goals and keep making the country proud,” added Lilima.
The midfielder’s most recent achievement was winning the silver medal with the team at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.