|Full name||Deepak Thakur Sonkhla|
28 December 1980 |
Bhamowal, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
|Indian Oil Corporation|
Thakur's father Nardev Singh is an ex-serviceman and his mother Lalita Thakur is a house-wife. His younger sister Navita Thakur who is a national badminton player.
Thakur became popular after his solo effort to help India win Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament in 2001 in Hobart, Australia. He scored double hat-trick in the tournament. The most memorable one was in final against unpredictable Argentina with score board showing 6-1. Other one was against the underdog, Scotland with a score of 7-1 rout. He finished the tournament with ten goals and was named the 'Best Player of the Tournament'.
- "7th Junior Men's World Cup, 2001 Hobart, Australia, October 9–21, 2001".
- Ali, Qaiser Mohammad (23 October 2001). "Versatile juniors set for greater glory". Rediff. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "Deepak 'Arjuna' Thakur epitome of avant-garde hockey". The Tribune. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-16.