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Hockey captain Manpreet Singh: The #HiddenHero of sport more Indians should know about

Hindustan Times | By
Aug 27, 2017 01:31 PM IST

Meet our 25-year-old hockey captain Manpreet Singh.Leading the team for three months, he has already won applause. But, he is yet to get the attention he deserves. Discover a sports star every Indian must know more about

On 18th June, 2017, 11 Indian men took the country to an embarrassing 180-run defeat at the hands of arch rival Pakistan in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval. Elsewhere, in London, another 11 Indian men hammered Pakistan to a 7-1 defeat in what is actually our country’s national game, hockey. The person responsible for this victory is the 25-year-old Manpreet Singh.

Manpreet Singh has been leading the national hockey team as captain since May 2017. (Manpreet wears the ‘Hockey India’ national colours playing kit and shoes from Adidas. Make-up and hair by Madhura Iyli)(Photos shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Prabhat Shetty)
Manpreet Singh has been leading the national hockey team as captain since May 2017. (Manpreet wears the ‘Hockey India’ national colours playing kit and shoes from Adidas. Make-up and hair by Madhura Iyli)(Photos shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Prabhat Shetty)
The son of a farmer from Punjab, Manpreet’s initial inspiration for the game came from hockey player Pargat Singh. (Manpreet wears trousers and T-shirt from Hollister, cap bought in Germany, G-Shock watch from Casio, sunglasses from Polaroid and shoes from Asics) (Prabhat Shetty)
The son of a farmer from Punjab, Manpreet’s initial inspiration for the game came from hockey player Pargat Singh. (Manpreet wears trousers and T-shirt from Hollister, cap bought in Germany, G-Shock watch from Casio, sunglasses from Polaroid and shoes from Asics) (Prabhat Shetty)
“Ronaldo says that even when you are successful, you should never forget your humble beginnings. I totally go by that philosophy”
The midfielder captained the junior men’s team in the Hero FIH Hockey Junior Men’s World Cup, and also in the third Sultan of Johor Cup in 2013 (Manpreet Singh wears the ‘Hockey India’ national colours playing kit) (Prabhat Shetty)
The midfielder captained the junior men’s team in the Hero FIH Hockey Junior Men’s World Cup, and also in the third Sultan of Johor Cup in 2013 (Manpreet Singh wears the ‘Hockey India’ national colours playing kit) (Prabhat Shetty)
Manpreet’s hockey idols include former German captain Moritz Fürste with whom he played in the Hockey India League (Manpreet wears the ‘Hockey India’ national colours playing kit and shoes from Adidas) (Prabhat Shetty)
Manpreet’s hockey idols include former German captain Moritz Fürste with whom he played in the Hockey India League (Manpreet wears the ‘Hockey India’ national colours playing kit and shoes from Adidas) (Prabhat Shetty)
“If someone hasn’t played well or is going through a bad patch, then I tell him to focus on the next move and not think about what has already happened”
Manpreet’s dream is to win a gold medal for India in the Olympics and to encourage youngsters to play sports. (Manpreet wears a Lacoste Polo shirt and the Manero Flyback watch from Carl F. Bucherer) (Prabhat Shetty)
Manpreet’s dream is to win a gold medal for India in the Olympics and to encourage youngsters to play sports. (Manpreet wears a Lacoste Polo shirt and the Manero Flyback watch from Carl F. Bucherer) (Prabhat Shetty)
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