Meet Harmanpreet Singh: India’s Hockey Team Captain

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team has had a mixed bag of performances in the last few years. At the center of it all has been the team’s captain Harmanpreet Singh.

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team has had a mixed bag of performances in the last few years from winning an Olympic medal in the Tokyo Olympics, winning the Asian Champions Trophy in 2023 to a disappointing show in the World Cup followed by a fourth-place finish in the FIH Pro League the team has seen every possible highs and lows and at the center of it all has been the team’s captain Harmanpreet Singh.

Meet Harmanpreet Singh: India’s Hockey Team Captain

In this article, we will look at all the achievements and awards won by Harmanpreet Singh in his professional career and while playing for India on the international stage

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The Start

Born on 6 January 1996 Harmanpreet’s family was engaged in Farming. As a kid, Harmapreet used to be on his father’s tractor after finishing school for the day and also used to help his family in farming activities which helped him develop strength and endurance at a very young age.

Harmanpreet started playing Hockey when he was just 10 years old although his father never forced him to take up the sport rather he encouraged him to do whatever he liked. Harmanpreet enrolled in the Surjit Singh Hockey Academy when he was 15 years old and wanted to become a forward

The Growth

Harmanpreet first caught everyone’s attention with his performances in the junior tournaments and camps where he impressed while playing as a forward and a drag-flicker. Harmanpreet was rewarded for his consistent performances with a place in India’s Junior Team Harmanpreet continued to give a good account of himself with impressive performances at the junior level which included a steller show in the Sultan Johan Cup held in Malaysia in 2014 where the youngster played against teams like Australia, England and Malaysia which helped India lift the trophy.

Photo Source: News18

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The Change

Following a string of good performances in the junior circuit Harmanpreet Singh was picked up by the Mumbai Dabbangs in the 2015 edition of the Hockey India League where he won the award for the player of the tournament after scoring five goals and was retained by the team for the next edition. Harmanpreet gave another impressive performance in the Asia Cup 2015 where he scored 15 goals in total, which was enough to earn a place in India’s senior team for the Rio Olympics 2016.

The Performance

Having earned a place in the senior team on the back of solid performances in the junior circuit Harmanpreet failed to replicate the same at the world stage as India ended a disappointing campaign with two wins and three losses.

Photo Source: New Indian Express

Also Read: India’s FIH Pro League Journey: A Review of The Performance

The Achievements

Harmanpreet Singh has received much praise since he started playing for India. Along with it, the Indian captain has won many titles and awards both with the team and individually as well which includes gold medals in Asia Cup and Asian Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2018, a Silver medal in the Champions Trophy in 2018, a Bronze Medal in the 2018 Asian Games and Bronze Madel at Tokyo Olympics 2020 which was India’s first Olympic Medal in 41 years having last won a medal in the 1980 Olympic held in Moscow

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