|Full Name||Sandeep Singh Bhinder|
|Nickname (s)||Flicker Singh|
|Profession (s)||He currently holds a DSP rank in the Haryana Police. He is an Indian professional field hockey player from Haryana.|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 184 cm|
|in meters: 1.84 m|
|in feet inches: 6ft|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 75 kg|
|in pounds: 165 lbs.|
|Date Of Birth||Feb, 27th 1986|
|Day of Birth||Thursday|
|Place Of Birth||Shahabad, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India|
|Father||Gurcharan Singh Bhinder|
|Mother||Daljit Kaur Bhinder|
|School||Shivalik Public School, Mohali.|
|College||Khalsa College (Patiala) and Kurukshetra University|
|Matches Won||Azlan Shah Cup, 2009|
|Awards and Honours||2010: Arjuna Award|
|Years of service||2009(appointed)|
|Rank||DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police)|
|Unit||Haryana State Police Department|
|Total worth||$10 Million (2018)|
|Quote||’The success of failing in one competition doesn’t define you, and that is one thing that any sports would teach you,”
‘’Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts’’
Lesser Known Facts About Sandeep Singh
- Sandeep Singh was born at Shahabad town of Kurukshetra, Haryana state of India. He was born on 27th February 1986, which was a Thursday. His zodiac sign is Pisces.
- He was born to Gurcharan Singh Bhinder and Daljit Kaur Bhinder. He has an elder brother. His name is Bikramjeet Singh Bhinder, who is also a field hockey player.
- He has passed from Shivalik Public School. He did his early Education from Khalsa College (Patiala) and further studied from Kurukshetra University.
- Sandeep Singh Bhinder started his career in the field hockey at the age of seventeen. He is the Ex-Captain of the Indian National Team. He generally plays the full-back position in field hockey and is a penalty corner specialist for the team.
- He is also known as Flicker Singh in the media. As he drags flicks the field hockey ball at the speed of 145km/h. He currently holds the position of DPS (Deputy Superintendent of Police) in the Haryana Police Department.
- Specialties of Sandeep Singh are the ultimate shot that gets a definite goal. They are known as the Best drag-flicker. He can understand the gameplay of the offending team and thus plans his defense accordingly. He is also best at the penalty corner and is capable to defend the opposing team. He is very much talented in passing the ball.
- Sandeep’s international debut was in January 2004 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. He took over as the captain of the Indian national team in January 2009, and Rajpal Singh succeeded him later in 2010. He is a well-known drag-flicker. At that time, he was said to have the best speed in the world in drag flick (speed 145 km/h).
- Under his captaincy, the Indian team managed to clinch the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 after defeating Malaysia in the finals at Ipoh. India won the title after a long wait of 13 years. He was also the top goal scorer of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament
- The Indian men’s hockey team had qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics after a gap of 8 years. The team had a resounding victory over France in the finals of the Olympic qualifiers by beating France 9–1. The ace drag-flicker Singh starred in the final against France by scoring five goals – including a hat-trick – all from penalty corners (19th, 26th, 38th, 49th and 51st minutes). Singh was also the highest scorer of the Olympic qualifiers tournament by scoring 16 goals.
- Singh encountered a tragic incident in his life. The tragic incident happened on August 22, 2006, when a Railway police official was checking his service revolver and accidentally fired a shot while the train was nearing the Ambala station. Unfortunately, the bullet pierced through Sandeep Singh’s back.
- He was immediately taken to the hospital in Chandigarh where the bullet was successfully taken out and he survived, but not without severe consequences. The doctors told him that the bullet had brushed through three of his organs without severely damaging any of them. That was the sole reason he was surviving. However, he failed to feel his legs as there were no sensations left in them. Singh added that it was the worst part.
- Once he had gained consciousness and moved out of the intensive care unit is when Sandeep and his family found out that he will have to forget playing hockey again as he might never be able to walk. The bullet had damaged a part of his backbone. Sandeep could not hear the doctor saying that and asked him to leave as he did not want the negativity. However, that didn’t change the fact that once a rising star of India hockey, Sandeep Singh was now wheelchair bound. He was unable to even do his regular chores without assistance. Although, his determination was still rock solid.
- Months passed without any improvement until finally with the help of funding from the Hockey Federation and the Indian government, along with every last penny that Sandeep’s family could manage, he was sent to a rehab center in the US and finally, the sports star got back on his feet.
- Though he recovered, it wasn’t an easy journey for Sandeep to get back into the Indian team. However, Sandeep kept pushing and pushing until the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament got him his second chance on the turf and he gave it everything. He scored 8 goals in that tournament and became the top scorer
- From that point on, there was nothing that stopped Sandeep. Soon after India won that tournament, he was named Captain of the national hockey squad of India. He once again took his side to play the Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament in 2009.
- In 2013, as the Hockey India League was launched, Sandeep Singh became the fifth highest-paid marquee player bought by the Mumbai franchise, Mumbai Magicians. He was bought for USD 64,400. He proved his worth by scoring 11 goals from 12 appearances in the inaugural tournament and became the top scorer for the event.
- He was signed by English field hockey club, Havant Hockey Club, in 2014, which forced him to relocate to the UK. During the 2014-15 league season of Premier Division 1, he scored 24 goals for his team, becoming Havant’s top scorer and the third top scorer overall.
- Also, in 2014, Punjab Warriors bought him for the second season of the Hockey India League and he stayed with the team for two seasons. During his time with the Punjab Hockey team, he scored a total of 22 goals.
- In September 2015, he was bought by Ranchi Rays for USD 81,000, which was the second highest price in the auction after Akashdeep Singh’s USD 84,000. He appeared for the team in the 2016 edition of the tournament but sustained a back injury that crashed his HIL dreams.
- While he did not participate in the 2017 edition of the league due to personal reasons, he played for St George Randwick Hockey Club in Australia and for Harvard Hockey Club in England. While his dream of a farewell national match is unlikely, he was determined to make a comeback to HIL in 2018.
- For his contributions to field hockey, Sandeep Singh was honored with the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2010. He also led India to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 and became the ‘Man of the Tournament’ for the scoring highest number of goals. He was the Captain of the Indian Hockey Team. Under his captain-ship, he won the Gold Medal in Sultan Ajalanshah which was after 14 long years.
- He has also won the Best speed in the world in Drag flick at a speed of 145. Furthermore, he won the Best player in Sultan Azlan-shah with also being the Top Scorer in Sultan Azlan Shah. He also managed to win the Gold medal in Four Nation Hockey Tournament in Russia. Apart from that, he was the Top Scorer in four Nation Russia.
- He got the 2nd place in Punjab Gold Cup with being the Man of the match in Punjab gold Cup. He went on to win the test series of New Zealand & Australia. Apart from that, he was the Best Scorer in PHL 2008. He went on to win the Gold Medal in Junior Asia Cup with being the Top Scorer in Junior Asia Cup- 15 Goals. He won the 6th Nation Hockey Tournament in Poland. He was the Top Scorer in Poland tournament with 12 Goals.
- Sandeep Singh became romantically involved with junior hockey player Harjinder Kaur during his teenage years. Both their families had relocated from the same village in Pakistan a few decades back, which is why they were close and accepted the relationship quickly.
- By the time the two got engaged in August 2008, after years of courtship, both of them were playing on the international level. Harjinder reportedly left her hockey dreams behind on Sandeep’s request after their marriage, and now takes care of their son Sehajdeep.
- In November 2014, it was revealed that actress Chitrangada Singh was set to turn producer with a biopic on the ace drag-flickers incredible comeback story. At the time, Sandeep had confirmed selling rights to make a film on his life to her, and also expressed that he wanted actor Ranbir Kapoor to portray him in the movie.
- In July 2017, Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, known for his notable performances in the Bollywood films ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Phillauri’, was roped in to play the role of Sandeep Singh in the movie. The name of the movie was revealed to be ‘Soorma’, which also stars Tapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi as his wife and elder brother, and was set to release on July 13, 2018.
- This year has definitely been a great year for former India hockey team captain Sandeep Singh. After the release of his biopic, ‘Soorma’, this year, the hockey player is all set and made his small screen debut. Singh has joined the likes of Neha Dhupia, Raftaar and Prince Narula as a gang leader in ‘Roadies’.
- Singh is all set to be a “strict gang leader who will definitely rate punctuality and discipline over other things”. He says, “In the 12 years of my sports career, I was neither late nor missed any of the training sessions. All those who have played with me are aware that I am very strict when it comes to discipline and punctuality. Even as part of this show, I will make it clear that punctuality comes before anything else for me.” He believes that after being a captain of the national hockey team, it will be a cakewalk to be a gang leader on the show. “I have been a team leader of the national team, where your responsibilities are your priorities and I successfully managed the team, so this team is not difficult to handle for him.
- As a team leader, ‘’I have always told my team to never give up’’. Analyze why you failed, so that next time, you know what should not be done. ‘’I will be telling the same thing to the team on the show’’. It is important for youngsters to know that one should be his or her own hero, and should never give up. ‘’The success of failing in one competition doesn’t define you, and that is one thing that any sports would teach you,” says Singh.
- Talking about his real-life heroes, he says, “As was shown in ‘Soorma’, for me, my father and brother have been my heroes. My father taught me to never give up and the way my brother supported me and stood by me, no one else could have done that.” Be it sports biopic or people from the sports fraternity being invited to be part of popular TV shows, Singh says that he is happy to see that sportsmen from different sports (not just cricket) are getting recognition.
- Sandeep Singh has been retired from field hockey since 2004 due to a back injury. He is now eager to take up the mentor’s role for youngsters wanting to master the art of Drag-flicking.