Representing India in its national game is not a small thing. It is a matter of pride and honour.
But captaining the side and leading the side towards glory is a tough job which Manpreet Singh is doing currently.
Manpreet took over the captaincy in the year 2017.
Start of the Career
Manpreet didn’t start hockey as the way other players would have done, Manpreet has a different story.
Observing his brother play and win prizes and recognition, Manpreet decided to play hockey.
At the age of 10, his mother even locked him up in a room in order to prevent him from playing hockey. He managed to escape from there and that’s where his elder brother’s coach asked him to allow Manpreet to try a hand at hockey.
The fortunes turned and his family started supporting him after he won ₹ 500 cash prize in a tournament.
On the lines of many great players, Manpreet also joined Surjit Hockey Academy of Jalandhar.
Beginning of a Legacy
He showed his capacity to lead from the front when Team India won a Gold Medal at the 2013 Sultan of Johor Cup under his captaincy.
In 2014 he was given the award of Junior Player of the Year by Asian Hockey Federation.
Starting his career as an Indian Player, he made his debut in 2011.
He has been a part of the Indian team in many major tournaments and important wins.
At the age of 20, he represented India at the Olympics in 2012.
He contributed in the following ventures –
• 2014 – Asian Games – Gold Medal
• 2018 – Asian Games – Bronze Medal
• 2014 – Commonwealth Games – Silver Medal
• 2016 – Champions Trophy – Silver Medal
• 2018 – Champions Trophy – Silver Medal
• 2013 – Asia Cup – Silver Medal
• 2017 – Asia Cup – Gold Medal
He plays as a Halfback and has scored 19 goals in 242 appearances for India.
Nation ahead of anything
On 6th April 2016 he received the worst news of his life; his father’s death just few hours before the game in 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He played that match against Japan which India won 2-1.
He came back to India for his father’s rituals and thus missed the match against Australia.
The attitude of considering the nation ahead of anything runs through his blood is what he showcased when he came back to Malaysia and played the match against Canada on 10th May just 4 days after his father’s demise.
It was his mother who told Manpreet to return to the team and represent the nation. She stimulated in him the thought that he should represent his country and fulfill his father’s dream.
Showing the dedication, determination and devotion Manpreet joined the Indian Team and contributed massively in the consecutive wins over Canada and Pakistan.
Life Other than Hockey
You might be thinking what kind of pressure a person must be handling while captaining the Indian team.
Well, in the case of Manpreet handling pressure and tension is easy.
He loves to play on PlayStation and listening Punjabi Music which relaxes him a lot.
Honey Singh and Diljit Dosanjh are his favourite artists.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Chak De! India are his favourite movies.
The reason behind Manpreet wearing the number 7 shirt comes from football. He admires Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bekham a lot and thus the No.7.
He was awarded with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2018 for his contribution in Hockey.