Varun Kumar
Varun Kumar.jpg
Kumar in August 2022
Personal information
Born (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 27)
Punjab, India
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club BPCL
Senior career
Years Team
2014–2017 Punjab Warriors
2017- BPCL
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 India U21
2017– India 115 (29)

Varun Kumar (born 25 July 1995) is an Indian professional field hockey player who plays as a defender for Punjab Warriors in the Hockey India League and the Indian national team.

Career

Born in Punjab, Kumar belongs from Dalhousie, District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Kumar first started to play hockey when he was in school.[2] He represented his home state of Punjab in the Junior National Championships in 2012 and did very well, earning a call-up to the junior national team.[2] Injury soon after the tournament kept Kumar quiet for two years before he did very well in the 2014 Junior National Championships and was recalled into the junior national team.

Kumar soon managed to sign with the Punjab Warriors in the Hockey India League. He was retained for the 2014 season.[3] After the season, he was retained for a period of two years for the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the league.[4]

International

Kumar has represented the India junior side. He emerged as the top-scorer for India during the Four-Nations Invitational Tournament in Spain before being selected into the side for the Junior World Cup side.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Kumar Varun". www.worldcup2018.hockey. International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Santa Singh, Varun Kumar Plan to Spice Up Contests in World Cup". Bangalore Mirror. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Six Teams after Closed Bid for Hockey India League 2015". The Fans of Hockey. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Punjab warriors retain six players for next two seasons of HILs". Hindustan Times. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  5. ^ "'Versatile' team picked for Junior Hockey World Cup". Asian Age. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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