Manpreet Singh-led Indian men's hockey team had ended a 41-year-old long wait for an Olympic medal when it clinched the bronze at the Tokyo Games in August.
Defender Varun Kumar was not part of the original 16-member squad selected for the Tokyo Olympics but was called up later when the IOC decided to allow "alternate athletes" in team events.
Sharing her Tokyo Olympics experience, she said the team’s performance improved by several notches, and each player was eyeing a podium finish.
All the action came in the second quarter, when the Netherlands struck three times in the space of six minutes to build a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Indian women's hockey team on Friday went down fighting against Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics Bronze medal match with a 3-4 score.
India will play New Zealand in their opener on Saturday and Mandeep Singh, who is making his Olympic debut, said they are geared up for the job ahead.