Hard work and determination leads you to success and any athlete who wants to reach the top needs to have both the traits to achieve the goal. The 2018 Hockey World Cup and the young Indian men’s hockey team will be looking to do well in the tournament. Today we look at midfielder Hardik Singh who is the fifth generation player from his family to be part of national set-up.
Hardik comes from a hockey background. His father Varinderpreet Singh played hockey, while his aunt Rajbir Kaur lead the Women’s team. She married Olympian Gurmail Singh and his uncle Jugraj Singh was a well-known drag flicker in his playing days.
When he was just 15 he moved from his village Khusropur to Mohali Hockey Academy. He became a ball boy and got to see international stars closely. His hardwork at the academy paid off as he was named as the vice-captain of the India sub-junior side for the 2016 Asia Cup. The team went onto clinch the gold in the tournament that year and his performance earned him a contract with Punjab Warriors in the Hockey India League.
His career was moving at a rapid pace as he was fast-tracked into the India junior side for the four-nation tournament in Spain but donning the Indian jersey was still far away. The defensive midfielder even once thought about flying to the Netherlands to play club hockey but on his uncle’s advice, he decided to play in the domestic circuit. Speaking to Times of India in an interview he said ahead of the World Cup he said his uncle made him sit in front of him and asked him to think “Weigh Your options against your age” he said.
Hardik’s hard work was finally answered when he was named in the team for Asian Champions Trophy but was surprised to find a spot in the team for the World Cup. He said “Frankly i didn’t expect to be part of World Cup. I was among the core probables and was selected for Asian Champions Trophy”. The youngster will be hoping to make a mark in the tournament under coach Harendra Singh, who had earlier handled him during the 2016 Junior World Cup trophy triumph.