Sporting Families: Tirkey Brothers

Ignace Tirkey and Prabodh Tirkey are the two brothers who have been playing for the Indian National Hockey Team.
Both have captained the Indian side for certain intervals of time, and Indian Hockey cannot forget their contributions.

Ignace Tirkey

The 38 year old has represented India and has also captained the side.
In his career from 2001 to 2012 he played as a fullback and has over 250 appearances for the nation.

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His contribution in the 2003 Asia Cup Final was extremely important as he scored the 3rd goal for India after the score was locked at 2-2 in the dying minutes of the game.
That goal was talked about for a long time as Ignace scored that goal between the ace striker of Pakistan; Sohail Abbas.
He was also part of the team that won the Gold Medal in the 2011 Asian Champions Trophy.

Awards :

Padma Shree – 2010
Arjuna Award – 2009
Eklavya Puraskar – 2003
Services Sportsman of the Year – 2004

Prabodh Tirkey

Prabodh is the younger brother of Ignace and is 34 year old.
He played as a halfback and has 2 goals in his 161 appearances for India.
Prabodh idolizes Dileep Tirkey who is considered as one of the best defenders in World Hockey.

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Prabodh Tirkey(Left) with MS Dhoni. Photo: espncricinfo

He was part of many successful campaigns of India like:

  • Bronze Medal: 2007 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
  • Gold Medal: 2007 Asia Cup
  • Silver Medal: 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Bronze Medal: 2010 Asian Games


  • 2001 Arjuna Award
  • 2009 Biju Patnaik State Sports Award
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