Sandeep Singh

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Sandeep Singh
Sandeep singh hockey player 2004.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sandeep Singh
Born (1986-02-27) 27 February 1986 (age 32)
Shahabad, Haryana, India
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Mumbai Magicians 12 (11)
2014–2015 Punjab Warriors (22)
2016–present Ranchi Rays 1 (0)
National team
2004–present India
Last updated on: 21 January 2016

Sandeep Singh (born 27 February 1986) is an Indian professional field hockey player and an ex-captain of the Indian national team.[2] He generally features as a full back and is a penalty corner specialist for the team. He was famous as Flicker Singh in media. Singh currently holds a DSP rank in the Haryana Police.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sandeep Singh Bhinder hails from Shahabad town in Kurukshetra, Haryana. He was educated at Shivalik Public School, Mohali. He was in Jatt Sikh Family born to Gulcharan Singh Bhinder and Daljeet Kaur भिंडर [4]. His elder brother, Bikramjeet Singh, is also a field hockey player and plays for Indian Oil.[5][6]


International hockey[edit]

Sandeep's international debut was in January 2004 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. He took over as the captain of the Indian national team in January 2009, and Rajpal Singh succeeded him later in 2010. Singh is a well known drag-flicker. At a time he was said to have the best speed in the world in drag flick (speed 145 km/h). Under his captaincy, the Indian team managed to clinch the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 after defeating Malaysia in the finals at Ipoh. India won the title after a long wait of 13 years. Singh was also the top goal scorer of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament

The India men's national field hockey team have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after a gap of 8 years. The team had a resounding victory over France in the finals of the Olympic qualifiers by beating France 9–1. Ace drag-flicker Singh starred in the final against France by scoring five goals – including a hat-trick – all from penalty corners (19th, 26th, 38th, 49th and 51st minutes).[7] Singh was the highest scorer of the Olympic qualifiers tournament by scoring 16 goals.[8]

Club career[edit]

Jagbir Singh and Sandeep Singh (2014)

Sandeep Singh became the fifth highest-paid marquee player at the inaugural Hockey India League as the Mumbai franchise bought him for USD 64,400[9] with his base price being USD 27,800. The Mumbai team has been named Mumbai Magicians. Scoring 11 goals in 12 games, Singh emerged as the top scorer in the first edition of the league.[10] In 2014, he was signed by Punjab Warriors. After playing two seasons for the team, he was signed by Ranchi Rays for USD 81,000 in 2015 starting 2016.[11]

In 2014, Singh relocated to the UK to play for Havant Hockey Club.[12]

Shooting incident[edit]

On 21 August 2006, Singh was seriously injured after being hit by an accidental gunshot in the Shatabadi Express train, while on his way to join the national team due to leave for the World Cup in Africa two days later. He was almost paralysed and on wheel chair for 1 year of his life. Singh not only recovered from that serious injury, but also established himself again in the Indian team.[5]

Career achievements[edit]


Filmmaker Shaad Ali has made a biographical film titled Soorma on Sandeep Singh's life. Diljit Dosanjh has played Sandeep Singh's role in the film. It was released on 13 July 2018. The film also stars Taapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi.[13]


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