Sher-e-Punjab

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Sher-e-Punjab
Sher-e-Punjab Logo.png
Full nameSher-e-Punjab
Nickname(s)Shers
Founded2012
Home groundSurjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar
(Capacity 7,000)
CoachIndia Rajinder Singh
WebsiteOfficial Facebook Page
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Sher-e-Punjab (abbreviated as SP) (Punjabi: ਸ਼ੇਰ-ਏ-ਪੰਜਾਬ) is an Indian professional field hockey team based in Jalandhar, Punjab that plays in World Series Hockey. The team is currently led by Indian forward Prabhjot Singh and coached by former Indian coach Rajinder Singh. Surjeet Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar serves as the home ground of Sher-e-Punjab.[1]

Sher-e-Punjab became the champions of the inaugural edition of WSH by defeating Pune Strykers 5–2 in the final.[2] Deepak Thakur has scored most goals for the team (12 goals).[3]

History[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Sher-e-Punjab begun their campaign with a 5–2 victory over Chennai Cheetahs at home. After being undefeated for three matches they lost consecutive matches from Delhi Wizards and Chandigarh Comets 1–2 and 1–3 respectively. But winning their next five matches gave them their berth in the semi-finals despite their captain, Prabhjot Singh, being out of play due to a hamstring injury.[4] They were the first team to qualify for the playoffs. They defeated Bhopal Badshahs and Mumbai Marines both home and away. The team led the points table almost throughout the league phase due to their consistent performance. However, just one win in last four matches resulted in a number two finish at the end of league phase trailing Chandigarh Comets by three points.[citation needed]

Sher-e-Punjab faced Karnataka Lions (who finished number three in the league phase) in the semi-final.[5] They conceded an early goal but went on to thrash the hosts 4–1 to enter the final.[6] They faced and defeated Pune Strykers in the final 5–2 and thus became the first ever champions of WSH.[7] Deepak Thakur scored the most goals for the team (12 goals). He finished number four overall.[8]

Team Composition[edit]

The team is captained by Prabhjot Singh with Rajinder Singh as coach. [9]

Player Nationality Matches Goals
Goal Keepers
Antoni Kindler  Canada -
Dinesh Ekka  India 8 -
Sukhjeet Singh  India 8 -
Strikers
Akashdeep Singh  India
Deepak Thakur  India 16 12
Didar Singh  India 5
Gagan Ajit Singh  India 16 5
Gagandeep Singh  India 9 1
Gurjant Singh  India 16
Inderjit Singh  India 16 1
Karamjit Singh  India 16 2
Mandeep Antil  India 16 3
Prabhdeep Singh Sr.  India 15
Prabhjot Singh (Captain)  India 13 10
Mid Fielders
Gurmail Singh  India
Imran Khan  India 8
Jasbir Singh  India 15
Matthew Hotchkis  Australia 16 4
Simranjit Singh  India 6
V.S. Vinaya  India 14 2
Defenders
Bikramjeet Singh  India 5 3
Harpal Singh (Vice Captain)  India 16 1
Harpreet Singh  India 16 8
Maik Gunther  Germany 6
Tariq Aziz  Pakistan 15 2
Prabhdeep Ram  India 1
William Xalco  India 15

Fixtures and Results[edit]

2012[edit]

Goals For 54 (3.38 per match)
Goals Against 38 (2.38 per match)
Most Goals India Deepak Thakur (12 goals)
Overall Position: 4th
No. Date Score Opponent Venue Report
1 1 March 5 - 2 Chennai Cheetahs Jalandhar Match 2
2 3 March 6 - 1 Karnataka Lions Jalandhar Match 6
3 4 March 3 - 3 Pune Strykers Jalandhar Match 9
4 7 March 1 - 2 Delhi Wizards Jalandhar Match 15
5 8 March 1 - 3 Chandigarh Comets Chandigarh Match 17
6 10 March 3 - 2 Bhopal Badshahs Bhopal Match 22
7 14 March 3 - 2 Mumbai Marines Mumbai Match 27
8 16 March 5 - 2 Chandigarh Comets Jalandhar Match 31
9 17 March 4 - 3 Bhopal Badshahs Jalandhar Match 33
10 21 March 2 - 1 Mumbai Marines Jalandhar Match 39
11 23 March 1 - 2 Karnataka Lions Bangalore Match 42
12 25 March 4 - 2 Chennai Cheetahs Chennai Match 45
13 27 March 2 - 3 Pune Strykers Pune Match 49
14 30 March 5 - 7 Delhi Wizards Delhi Match 55
15 1 April 4 - 1 Karnataka Lions Bangalore Semi-final 1
16 2 April 5 - 2 Pune Strykers Mumbai Final
Position in League Phase: 2nd
Champions

Statistics[edit]

Season Matches Won Drawn Lost Win%
2012 16 10 1 5 62.50%
Home 7 5 1 1 71.43%
Away 9 5 0 4 55.56%
Overall 16 10 1 5 62.50%
Performance Details
Goals For 54 (3.38 per match)
Goals Against 38 (2.38 per match)
Most Goals India Deepak Thakur (12 goals)
Current Position: 4th
Performance by Oppositions
Opposition Matches Won Drawn Lost For Against Win%
Bhopal Badshahs 2 2 0 0 7 5 100.00%
Chandigarh Comets 2 1 0 1 6 5 50.00%
Chennai Cheetahs 2 2 0 0 9 4 100.00%
Delhi Wizards 2 0 0 2 6 9 0.00%
Karnataka Lions 3 2 0 1 11 4 66.67%
Mumbai Marines 2 2 0 0 5 3 100.00%
Pune Strykers 3 1 1 1 10 8 33.33%

Hat-tricks[edit]

No. Player Opposition Result Season Venue Report
1 India Deepak Thakur Chandigarh Comets 5 – 2 2012 JalandharSurjeet Hockey Stadium 16 March 2012
2 India Prabhjot Singh Delhi Wizards 5 – 7 2012 DelhiDhyan Chand National Stadium 30 March 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab". The Fans of Hockey. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Sher-E-Punjab crowned WSH champions". ESPN. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Top Scorers". World Series Hockey. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  4. ^ Krishna Kanta Chakraborty (25 March 2012). "Sher-E-Punjab enter World Series Hockey semifinals". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  5. ^ Press Trust of India (31 March 2012). "WSH semifinal: Karnataka to face Sher-e-Punjab on Sunday". NDTV. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab enter final of World Series Hockey". The Times of India. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Sher-E-Punjab crowned WSH champions". ESPN. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  8. ^ "World Series Hockey Top Scorers". World Series Hockey. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab". World Series Hockey. Retrieved 28 February 2012.

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