Harjot hopes to shine at World Hockey League Finals

Early last year, when Harjot Singh Dhaliwal, a product of Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy, made his debut for the senior Indian hockey team at the Asian Champions Trophy, the move was seen as an opportunity to provide exposure to the junior Indian team ahead of the junior world cup.

After making the most of the limited opportunities that he got, Harjot, who has now blossomed into one of the most sought-after keepers, has been named in the Indian team for the World Hockey League Finals. He will fight for a place in the playing XI with first choice keeper, P Sreejesh, in the tournament starting from January 10 in New Delhi.

"The Asian Champions Trophy was an opportunity for the junior hockey team to get some match practice and exposure ahead of the junior world cup. The news of my inclusion in the senior team means a lot for me. I have been attending the probables camp for the last one month and this tournament is going to be my 'real' debut for the senior team. It feels good to know that I have been picked up along with Sreejesh bhai as goalkeeper for the World Hockey League Finals. I played in the practice match against Argentina on Monday this week and I am confident now," shared Harjot, 18.

When Harjot was still a trainee at Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy, he helped Chandigarh teams win titles in junior nationals as well as sub-junior nationals from 2007 to 2010.

It was on the insistence of his father Surinder Singh, that Harjot started playing hockey at his village Amloh near Fatehgarh Sahib.

Soon, he moved to CHFA. However, it was when Harjot was picked up by the Chandigarh Comets team for the World Series of Hockey that he really came into the limelight. Last year, Harjot made his return to the Hockey India fold and since then there has been no looking back for him.

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