Harmanpreet Singh – India’s Drag-Flick Maestro and Inspirational Captain

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Harmanpreet Singh, born in Amritsar, Punjab, is a 28-year-old defender and the captain of the Indian men’s hockey team. Under his leadership, Team India has achieved significant success, including the recent Hangzhou Asian Games gold medal, securing a spot for the upcoming Paris Olympics. Notably, he played a crucial role in India’s bronze medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, marking the nation’s first men’s hockey Olympic medal in 41 years, defeating Germany 5-4.

Known as India’s penalty corner specialist, Harmanpreet excels in the art of drag flicks, scoring the majority of his career goals from penalty corners. His prowess in this area makes him the go-to player whenever a penalty corner is awarded.

Making his senior team debut in April 2015 against Japan, Harmanpreet faced a temporary setback after being dropped following the 2014–15 Men’s FIH Hockey World League semi-finals. However, he made a strong comeback during the 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, showcasing his scoring ability with the first goal against Japan. The 2016 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy saw him scoring two goals and earning the Young Player of the Tournament award. A disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics in 2016, saw him temporarily being dropped from subsequent tournaments.

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After an outstanding display at the 2016 Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup, Harmanpreet returned for the 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, contributing three goals as India finished third. He continued his impressive form in the 2016–17 Men’s FIH Hockey World League semi-finals and the 2017 Men’s Hockey Asia Cup, where India topped the pool and qualified for the Super 4s stages.

In the 2021–22 Men’s FIH Pro League match against England, Harmanpreet reached a milestone by scoring his 100th goal and securing a hat-trick, leading India to a 4–3 victory. Despite India finishing fourth in the FIH Pro League 2022-23 season, he emerged as the highest goal-scorer with 18 goals, where most of his goals came from penalty corners.

With 240 goals in 198 matches (as of January 26, 2024, FIH), Harmanpreet stands second only to Indian legend Dhanraj Pillay in the number of goals scored in modern-day turf hockey.


Harmanpreet has been honored with the FIH Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons, 2020-21 and 2021-22. Harmanpreet Singh is set to play a crucial role in the upcoming RevSportz Trailblazers Conclave 2.0 panel, and the entire RevSportz team is eagerly anticipating the presence of India’s hockey captain.

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