Surender Kumar is a professional hockey player who represents India. Born on 23rd November 1993, the full back has represented India in more than 100 games. In the Hockey India League, he plays for Delhi Waveriders.
Surender took birth in Brana Village of Karnal district in Haryana. He was born in a Hindu Jat family to parents Malkhan Singh and Nilam Devi. Born in a modest family, his father was a farmer whereas his mother was a homemaker. Eldest of three sons in the family, Surender had a shy personality and is calm on and off the field too. Though he belongs to Karnal district, he shifted to Kurukshetra for his schooling.
Introduction to hockey
Unlike many of the present Indian hockey players, Surender does not belongs to a hockey background. He first started playing during his school days at Royal Aryan Public School in Kurukshetra. It was here where he fell in love with the beautiful game. First coached by Sardar Gurvinder Singh, Surender started to spend more time on Hockey field than in classes.
Surender Kumar first played for India in 2012, with the national junior team. He later even went to play junior Asia Cup, Sultan Johar Cup and Junior World Cup. He was also bought by Delhi Waveriders in 2015 to play in the Hockey India League.
His consistent performance at Junior level and HIL earned him a call to the senior team. He first played with the senior team in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2016.
Rise to Glory
Surender’s performances at Sultan Azlan Cup won him many accolades among fans and pundits. His unique skill sets were enough for him to cement a place in the team in the midst of high competition in defence. However, his name was not included in the probables list for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
His rise since then has been meteoric, and he recently completed his 100 games in the blue jersey.
Surender is one of those rare players who has never changed their playing positions. He has spent his complete life playing as a full Back. He is a team player and can adapt to a team strategy to perfection.
He is known for his courage on the field and is not afraid to throw his body around. He likes to hit the ball instead of a slap-shot and has established himself as a mainstay in the Indian team. The way he is playing and his potential can make him a future legend in the Indian team. He definitely is gonna be one of the stars in the upcoming FIH Hockey World Cup in 2018.