Deepak Thakur

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Deepak Thakur
Personal information
Full name Deepak Thakur Sonkhla
Born (1980-12-28) 28 December 1980 (age 36)
Bhamowal, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Playing position Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Indian Oil Corporation
2012– Sher-e-Punjab 16 (12)
National team
1999– India 100+

Deepak Thakur Sonkhla (popularly known as Deepak Thakur) is a hockey forward in Indian team.


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.


Junior level[edit]

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.[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'.[2]

Senior level[edit]

He debuted for the Men's National Team in June 1999 against Germany. He was part of national squad in 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic.


He was awarded Arjuna Award in 2004 for taking Indian hockey to next higher level.[3]


  1. ^ "7th Junior Men's World Cup, 2001 Hobart, Australia, October 9–21, 2001". 
  2. ^ Ali, Qaiser Mohammad (23 October 2001). "Versatile juniors set for greater glory". Rediff. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Deepak 'Arjuna' Thakur epitome of avant-garde hockey". The Tribune. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 

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