Despite the unpopularity like traditional sports such as football, baseball, and basketball, Sandeep Singh is every famous for his talents as a hockey player.
Childhood & Early Life
He was born in Shahabad Markanda, a town in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, on February 27, 1986, to Gurcharan Singh Bhindar and Daljit Kaur Bandar. His older brother, Bikramjeet Singh, is also a hockey player and played for Indian Oil.
Sandeep Singh was a talented drag-flicker. However, he could not pursue his dream due to injuries. He later trained his brother in the game.
He learned at Khalsa College in Patiala and continued his B.A. degree from Kurukshetra University.
In January 2004, he made his international debut at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2004, he made his Olympic debut in the Summer Olympics in Greece. During this year, Sandeep Singh scored 16 goals at the Junior Asia Cup Hockey in Pakistan and became the top scorer for the competition.
He then played at the Champions Trophy in Lahore and Chennai and gained three goals each time. He also had three goals during the Indo-Pak Hockey Series in September-October 2005.
In 2006, he scored three goals at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2006, he was hit by an accident while playing the Shatabadi Express and took two years for the recovery.
In 2008, he joined the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament and won the ‘Top Goal Scorer’ award. He was appointed as the captain of the National Team in January 2009. He then led the team to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time in 13 years.
Sandeep Singh helped India join the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after eight years of expectation. However, he left the national team in 2014 and showed his prowess abroad.
In 2014, he was signed by the English field hockey club. He relocated to the UK and joined the 2014-2015 league season of Premier Division 1 with 24 goals scored. He became the Havant’s top scorer and the third top scorer overall.
In 2015, he was bought by the Indian field hockey team for $81,000. Due to the back injury, he did not join games in 2017. He decided to come back to the HIL in 2018.