Sandeep Singh – Drag Flicker of Indian Hockey

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Sandeep Singh Bhinder is an Indian professional field hockey player from the sate of Haryana and erstwhile captain of the Indian Hockey team. He is one of the most inspiring sports persons of all time. His international debut was in January 2004 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Kuala Lumpur. He became the captain of the national team in January 2009.

When Singh was at his peak, he was honored as the best speed in the world in drag flick at a speed of about 145 km/hour. In August 2006, he was critically injured after being hit by an accidental gunshot in Shatabadi train on his way to join the national team for the World Cup in Germany two days later. He was almost paralyzed and spent two years of his life on a wheelchair.

But his confidence and dedication towards the nation changed the future course of his life. He not only recovered from that serious injury, but also paved way to enter the team. His post accident achievement was exemplary in any sports domain. Under his captaincy, the Indian team managed to clinch the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 after defeating Malaysia in the finals at Ipoh. India achieved the title after a long wait of 13 years. Singh was also the top goal scorer of the tournament. 

The India men’s national Hockey team had qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after a gap of 8 years. The team had defeated mighty France at 8-1 in the run up to finals of the Olympic qualifiers. Ace drag-flicker Singh became the cynosure in the final against France by scoring five goals, including a hat-trick, all from penalty corners. He was the top scorer of the Olympic qualifiers tournament with 16 goals.

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