HI congratulates Manpreet on completing 250 international matches

Balbir Singh | June 07, 2019 11:16 AM

BHUBANESHWAR: The opening day of the FIH Men's Hockey Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 was special for the Indian team skipper, Manpreet Singh, as he achieved the milestone of completing 250 international caps.

 He was welcomed on the pitch to roaring cheers from a packed Kalinga Hockey Stadium when the Indian Team took on Russian in their first Pool A match here on Thursday. The charismatic midfielder had played his 200th match also in the same venue during the Men's Hockey World League Final in 2017 where India had won the Bronze Medal.

 "The Kalinga Hockey Stadium is a very special venue for me because I have achieved two big milestones in this very stadium in front of an amazing crowd who never tire from showing their love for hockey. I feel very fortunate to have come this far in the sport and it could not have happened without the support of my family, teammates and support staff," expressed Manpreet Singh.

 For Manpreet, who made his international debut for the men's team in 2011, the most memorable match was of the Asian Games Gold Medal in 2014 Incheon, where they beat Pakistan in the Final. He had also led the Indian team to a successful win at the Asia Cup in 2017 and Asian Champions Trophy in 2018. He also led the National Team at the 2018 Men's World Cup in Bhubaneswar. "Not going past the Quarter Finals at the Men's World Cup was a big disappointment. I have been part of the Indian team which has seen a steady rise in our performance, we have grown from strength to strength, now we are all really looking for that one big win on the world stage and break into the top 3 in the World," expressed the Captain about his desire and ultimate goal.

 On the occasion, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India, congratulated the young Skipper for this memorable feat. "On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate Manpreet Singh on completing 250 International caps for India. He has shaped up as a very responsible and capable young leader over the past years, guiding young players in the current squad. He has been integral in India's growth in World Hockey and I wish he continues to perform well for the team and we wish him the very best in the Olympic Qualification pathway," Ahmad stated.

 The 26-year-old has been part of the Indian Team that participated at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

 He was also part of the team that clinched a history Silver Medal at the 2016 FIH Champions Trophy in London as well as the 2018 FIH Champions Trophy and a Silver Medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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