Bengaluru, September 4
Hardik Singh wished to ply his commerce as knowledgeable within the Dutch League again in 2017 when his uncle Jugraj Singh’s recommendation of focussing on nationwide group choice modified the course of his profession.
Jugraj, one of the feared drag-flickers throughout his heydays motivated nephew Hardik, who’s now aiming to seal a spot within the nationwide group for subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics.
The younger Indian midfielder from Khusropur village close to Jalandhar revealed he was on the verge of giving up his dream of taking part in for India in 2017.
“I went from the sub-junior level to the senior level at a good pace after I joined the Mohali Hockey Academy as a 14-year-old. However, after a few years, I found myself in a situation where I lost confidence about being a regular player in the Indian squad,” he mentioned.
“I considered going to the Netherlands in 2017 to play membership hockey there. But then my uncle Jugraj Singh satisfied me that I ought to proceed working exhausting and I will likely be a daily participant within the Indian squad.”
“Thankfully, I stayed back and I have been lucky to play in big tournaments like the Hockey Men’s World Cup in 2018,” Hardik was quoted as saying in a Hockey India media launch.
The 21-year-old had performed an vital function within the gold medal-winning marketing campaign on the FIH Men’s Series Finals and was additionally a part of the Indian group which defeated Russia within the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers final 12 months.
“The days leading up to the Olympics are going to be very crucial for all of us,” Hardik, who has performed solely 37 matches for the senior Indian group to this point, mentioned in a launch issued by Hockey India (HI).
“I am very happy about the fact that I could perform for the team at the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, however, I am very determined to become a much more evolved player and become a regular member in the Indian team for the Olympics,” mentioned the teenager.
“I have been working on my game in whatever capacity I can in the last few months and I am sure that my hard work will pay off one day,” he mentioned.
Hardik mentioned he was lucky to be taking part in alongside Indian captain Manpreet Singh whom he emulates.
“I am very fortunate to be playing alongside someone like Manpreet Singh, who gives everything he has in any match he plays for India. He covers the entire ground brilliantly and I hope I can be as good as him in the upcoming years,” mentioned the 21-year-old.
The Indian group will resume its FIH Pro League season in April subsequent 12 months in opposition to hosts Argentina. PTI