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V R Raghunath Biography & Latest News

V R Raghunath Biography

VR Raghunath is another in a long line of illustrious hockey players from Coorg in Karnataka, one of the nurseries of Indian hockey in the country. However, it has not been an easy journey for him, as he has always had to fight for his place in the side, both as a defender and a penalty corner specialist. The burly defender made his first foray into the national side at the 2003 sub-junior Asia Cup in Dhaka, which India won. He made his senior international debut against Pakistan during the bi-lateral series in 2005, when he was just 17 years old. However, he made headlines for the first time when he was drafted into the national side at the 2006 World Cup, as a replacement for Sandeep Singh, who was accidentally shot just before leaving for the tournament. As an 18-year-old with limited international experience, Raghunath was played sparingly by coach Vasudevan Baskaran but managed to perform decently despite being up against the best in the world. He was also part of the silver medal-winning SAF Games team, and won bronze and silver in 2007 and 2008 editions respectively of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He was also part of the Indian team that won the Asia Cup in 2007 at home. His impressive achievements notwithstanding, Raghunath has had to struggle at every step to prove his worth. When he first broke onto the scene in 2003, he was too raw and had to compete with the likes of Jugraj Singh – who was emerging as one of the most feared drag-flickers in the world then before suffering a life-threatening accident. Later, when he finally made it to the senior side, he had to compete with Sandeep Singh, who was already an established name both in the domestic and international circuits. As such, Raghunath always had to play second fiddle. Current coach Michael Nobbs has helped him work on his fitness, which has helped him shed some of his excess weight. Raghunath had to spend time away from the national side as well, and the time he spent with his employers Indian Oil in domestic tournaments helped him improve his tackling and defending skills and thus cement his place in the current national squad. Along with Sandeep Singh, he forms the deadly duo of drag-flickers who are always a threat to the opposition. Raghunath represented India in men's hockey during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Don't understand why the media criticises Sardar Singh, says Punjab Warriors coach, Barry Dancer
Don't understand why the media criticises Sardar Singh, says Punjab Warriors coach, Barry Dancer
Dancer also praised Sardar's leadership skills.
Oltmans full of praise for Delhi Waveriders star Mandeep Singh after starring against UP Wizards
Oltmans full of praise for Delhi Waveriders star Mandeep Singh after starring against UP Wizards
The forward scored two fantastic field goals in the first half.
HIL 2017: Top five drag flickers to watch out for
HIL 2017: Top five drag flickers to watch out for
Drag Flickers can create the biggest of impacts in the game of hockey; here are 5 of the best in this year's Hockey India League.
Hockey India League 2017: Full squads for the tournament
Hockey India League 2017: Full squads for the tournament
Six teams will clash against each other from 21 January to 26 February at the Hockey India League.
India, Pakistan to clash in the Hockey World League semifinals in 2017
India, Pakistan to clash in the Hockey World League semifinals in 2017
India and Pakistan have been clubbed in the same pool for the Hockey World League semi-finals 2017.
India ride on Affan Yousuf and Raghunath goals, down Australia in opening match
India ride on Affan Yousuf and Raghunath goals, down Australia in opening match
Affan Yousuf scored a brace for India. VR Raghunath scored the decisive goal in the 44th minute.
India beat Malaysia, take Bronze medal at the Four Nations Invitational Tournament
India beat Malaysia, take Bronze medal at the Four Nations Invitational Tournament
Akashdeep Singh opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and VR Raghunath (45'), Talwinder Singh (52') and Rupinder Pal Singh (58') also scored.
India look to finish 2016 on a high with the four-nation tournament and Test series down under
India look to finish 2016 on a high with the four-nation tournament and Test series down under
A look at India's chances and their opponents in the four-nation tournament in Melbourne, Australia.
VR Raghunath replaces injured PR Sreejesh as captain of Indian hockey team for four-nation tournament in Australia
VR Raghunath replaces injured PR Sreejesh as captain of Indian hockey team for four-nation tournament in Australia
The Indian team, fresh from its Asian Champions Trophy win, will be heading to Australia with a lot of confidence.
Madhya Pradesh Government to organize Obaidullah Khan Heritage Hockey Cup from 14 September 2016
Madhya Pradesh Government to organize Obaidullah Khan Heritage Hockey Cup from 14 September 2016
The Obaidullah Khan Heritage Hockey Cup will see several star Indian players like VR Raghunath, SV Sunil and Ramandeep Singh.
Of style, tactics, consistency and experience - Indian Hockey on the right track
Of style, tactics, consistency and experience - Indian Hockey on the right track
Dissecting Indian men's refreshing brand of hockey at the Olympics and the way forward.
Hockey round-up from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Argentina surprise many with their gold medal
Hockey round-up from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Argentina surprise many with their gold medal
Here's rounding up Hockey at the Rio 2016 Olympics after the conclusion of the final medal matches of both Men's and Women's hockey.
Rio Olympics 2016: The real test begins for the Indian hockey team
Rio Olympics 2016: The real test begins for the Indian hockey team
The Indian hockey team face a tough game against Belgium in the quarterfinals.
With so many close matches, finally India close a 36-year old-chapter to make it to the quarterfinals of an Olympics
With so many close matches, finally India close a 36-year old-chapter to make it to the quarterfinals of an Olympics
PR Sreejesh's heroics, yellow cards & plenty of penalty corners - A detailed analysis of India's penultimate match against the Dutch!
Spirited India go down 1-2 to second-ranked Netherlands
Spirited India go down 1-2 to second-ranked Netherlands
A late strike from the Dutch ensured a three-point win for them against India.
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