#4 Mandeep Singh
Who could say that this brilliant player, all of 22 years old, has 2 FIH World Hockey League bronze medals, a FIH 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy silver medal, an Asia Cup gold, and a Junior Hockey World Cup gold in his bag?
Yet this devious forward has had a brilliant year of his own in 2017, having scored the most goals for India at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won a bronze medal, and sharing the position for the top goalscorer with Australian stalwarts Tom Craig and Trent Mitton.
Having played brilliantly, both as a player and an able teammate, Mandeep ended the year on a bit sour note, when his aggression in the bronze medal match for the FIH Hockey World League against Germany went a bit over the top, and he was awarded a yellow card.
One hopes that Mandeep keeps his wilder instincts under control, as he aims to end the medal drought for India at the FIH Hockey World Cup.Published 23 Dec 2017, 01:29 IST