The 21-year old defender of the Indian hockey team has been one of the key players for the side in recent tournaments. Despite forming a part of the defence, he has shown that he has a knack of scoring goals.
Harmanpreet remains one of the brightest hockey players of India. His abilities of scoring goals while being a defender makes him special.
Harmanpreet was born on 6th January, 1996 in the outskirts of Amritsar. As a young child, he helped his father in the farm. He has claimed that his work on the field has contributed to his ability to play the game of hockey brilliantly.
When he was 15-years old, he joined the Surjit Singh Hockey Academy with the hopes of becoming a forward.
Rise to Glory
Playing for the India Under-19 team, he first achieved international acclaim when he scored 9 goals at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. For his outstanding performances he was awarded Man of the Tournament Award.
After consecutive excellent international performances, he was picked up by Dabang Mumbai team for $51,000 and presently forms an integral part of their 2017 squad.
Pundits say that he is a perfect example of what proper grooming, polishing and timely introduction and guidance into the top-flight can do to a young player.
He is said to produce the best drag-flicks in the team, and his skills have often helped the Indian team out of tough situations.
“In two years' time, Harmanpreet may become the best drag-flicker in the world. But he needs to be more consistent," added Harendra Singh, the former coach of the Indian junior hockey team.
Harmanpreet gave a disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics 2016. His coach claimed that he had unperformed and had not done justice to his outstanding talent and prowess that he possessed as player.
Out of 6 games, India managed to win only 2 but lost out on 3, which was a disappointing conclusion to their Olympics’ campaign.
However, he was an integral part of the team that was placed 3rd in the 2016-17 World Hockey League and 2nd in the Champions Trophy held at London in 2016.