Rupinder Pal Singh
Personal information
Born (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 32)
Faridkot, Punjab, India
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Playing position Defender
Senior career
Years Team
??–present Indian Overseas Bank
2013–2017 Delhi Waveriders
2022–present Amsterdam
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–present India 223 (125)

Rupinder Pal Singh (born 11 November 1990) is a professional field hockey player, who represents India in the Indian Hockey Team. He plays as a fullback and is known for his abilities as one of the best drag flickers in the world.[1] He represented India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, 2016 Olympic Games held at Rio de Janeiro, and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held at Gold Coast, Australia. He was part of the Indian hockey team that won a Bronze medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Early life

Rupinder Pal Singh was born in a Sikh family in Faridkot, Punjab, India. The six- plus-footer, is the youngest of the family, who took up hockey at the age of eleven. He is related to international hockey player, Gagan Ajit Singh. His interest in hockey got a boost when got selected for the Chandigarh Hockey Academy.

Career

Singh's international debut was in May 2010 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh. His side went on to win the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.[2] The following year, Rupinder scored his first international Hat-trick against Great Britain[3] in the 2011 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In the same tournament, Singh won the Top-scorer Award and was named in the Sultan Azlan Shah XI Team. At the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup, Rupinder was named as the team's Vice-captain. He came out of retirement in May 2022 and was supposed to lead Indian team in Asia cup starting on May 23 in Jakarta, Indonesia but will not as he is ruled out of the tournament due to a wrist injury. Birendra Lakra, earlier named as vice-captain, will now lead men in blue alongside SV Sunil as new vice-captain of the team.[citation needed]

Hockey India League

Rupinder was bought by the Delhi franchise for a hefty sum. The Delhi team was named Delhi Waveriders.[4] During an interview, Rupinder was quoted saying "I was surprised when the Delhi side picked me up for such a huge amount, but the tournament gave me a good platform to hone my skills, spending time with players like Sardar Singh and Nicolas Jacobi made me improve my game a lot and it showed in my performance, Even though we lost to Ranchi in the final, the team had a good run in the tournament". He proved his worth, scoring seven goals for the team, which finished second in the league. In the 2nd season, Rupinder's side won the 2014 Hockey India League,[5] with Singh scoring 7 goals. Rupinder was declared the Player of the Tournament at the 2016 Hockey India League, and due to his significant contributions, Delhi Waveriders went on to secure the 3rd position at the HIL that year. In 2017, he captained the Delhi Waveriders, taking the team to the semi-final stage. Rupinder has been regularly playing for Indian Overseas Bank (Chennai based Indian Bank) for many years. [6]

Career achievements

References

  1. ^ "Drag-flick glory beckons Rupinder Pal". 8 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  2. ^ "India, S Korea share Azlan Shah cup". 16 May 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Rupinder Pal Jubilant After Hat-rick Against Great Britain". 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Hockey India League Auction: the final squads list". 16 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Delhi crowned Hockey India League champions after win in penalty shootout". 14 February 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ Indian players hope to be consistent in Tokyo lead-up | Hockey News - Times of India
  7. ^ "Rupinder lone Indian in Sultan Azlan Shah's XI". 15 May 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2014.