The 19-year-old goalkeeper Bichu Devi Kharibam takes inspiration from senior players like Savita and Rajani Etimarpu. She feels blessed to have learned key aspects of the game from them. In 2018, Kharibam won a silver medal at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aires). Also, in 2019 she was named the goalkeeper of the tournament at the 4 Nations Junior Women Invitational Tournament (Dublin).
In an official release issued by Hockey India, she said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my practice sessions at the various senior national camps in Bengaluru. I am very lucky to be guided by our senior goalkeepers Savita and Rajani Etimarpu. I have picked up many things from their work ethic and learned new techniques that I have incorporated in my game. Savita and Rajani are always there to help me and I always ask them if I have any doubts about my game,” as reported by ANI.
The goalkeeper is preparing to soon make her senior debut after her successful junior career. She said, “The dream is definitely to play for India one day. However, I have experienced great heights in my junior career. I have gained a lot of confidence after being part of the silver medal-winning team at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in 2018. It’s certainly the highest point of my career so far. I believe that I can compete at the biggest of stages and contribute to my team’s victories in any tournament. For now, I am happy to be part of the senior national camps. I am sure senior Indian team opportunities will be presented to me in the near future. And whenever I get the chance, I will be certainly ready to give my best on the pitch.”
She also mentions the goalkeeping camp of 2019 which was conducted by Dutch expert Martijn Drijver in July and how it had a great impact on her skills which improved her game.