|Full Name||Akashdeep Singh|
|Date of Birth||December 2, 1994|
Akashdeep Singh is a professional field hockey player who plays as a forward for the Indian hockey team and the Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League. He was born on 2nd December 1994 in Verowal, Punjab.
Singh started playing hockey at Khadur Sahib-based, ‘Baba Gurmukh Singh Baba Uttam Singh’ Senior Secondary School.
Thereafter, he joined Guru Angad Dev Sports Club and then the PAU Hockey Academy in Ludhiana in 2006 before enrolling into the Surjit Hockey Academy in Jalandhar.
Notably, his brother Prabhdeep Singh is also a hockey player, who has represented India, while his father Surinder Pal Singh is working as an inspector in Punjab Police.
Akashdeep Singh has been a vital member of the national team’s attack and has tasted significant victories ever since his debut at the FIH Champions Trophy in 2012.
Rise to glory
Akashdeep Singh was signed by Delhi Waveriders in 2013. Three seasons later left everyone surprised when he bagged the highest bid for an Indian player at the auction of Hockey India League held in Delhi where he was bought for a whopping $84,000.
Akashdeep went on to represent India at the 2014 Hockey World Cup held in Holland where he proved to be a striking force in the Indian forward lineup.
Owing to his daunting skill-set, Akashdeep was selected as the captain of the junior national hockey team of India in 2011.
In 2012, he was a part of the team that played the Junior World Cup that was held in New Delhi.
He helped the Indian team win the gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Korea and the Asia Cup held in Dhaka in 2017.
He was also a part of the silver medal-winning team that came second in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow.
He led the Indian forward lineup at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta where India performed astoundingly well but suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Malaysia in the semi-finals ending up with a bronze medal.