Dharamvir hopes to shine at Asian CT

The Indian hockey might have returned empty handed from the Champions Trophy held in Australia, but the Sardar Singh led team earned accolades for their recent impressive playing style in Australia as well as India.

Leading the charge of the young brigade was Chandigarh's Dharamvir Singh. Dharamvir is a product of Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy and has now become a regular member of the Indian hockey team.

The 22-year-old played on the right flank in the tournament and featured in all the matches played by the Indian team in the Champions' Trophy.

"It was a close tournament for us. Unfortunately, we lost narrowly to Pakistan in the match for the bronze medal. But the whole team members played well in the tournament. I played on the right flank instead of my usual position as a centre forward. It was a learning experience for me. We topped the group and the youngsters in the team learnt a lot from the experience," shared Singh while talking with Sportline from New Delhi.

However, the last few months ahd been very frustrating for Dharamvir.

He was sidelined for more than ten months last year due to a knee injury but he made a comeback to the Indian team in the Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament earlier this year.

Singh was also part of the Indian team which finished at the bottom of the table at the London Olympics. But the hockey player now believes that the team has moved on and are eager to perform well consistently.

"This tournament gave us a chance to compete against some of world's best teams and we fought well. The victories over teams like England and Belgium made us believe that we can win against European teams. Coach Michael Nobbs was very supportive of the youngsters and he made us play at different positions," shared Singh, who was also a part of the Indian team that won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

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