From playing with cousins in Batala to Tokyo-bound Indian squad, 2016 Junior World Cup player Gurjant Singh has come of age
Jul 07, 2021 00:36 [IST]
Last Update: Jul 07, 2021 00:36 [IST]
Gurjant Singh was introduced to hockey by his cousin brother who
lived in Batala, about 41 kms from Gurjant's birthplace Amritsar in Punjab.
"No one used to play hockey in my village. It was when I saw my cousins
play in Batala that I got drawn to the game I love so much," exclaims the
FIH Junior Men's World Cup hero.
Soon Gurjant saw himself shift to the Chandigarh Hockey Academy
where he honed his skills. His impressive feats in the domestic circuit ensured
he was picked in the Junior India core group that trained in SAI, Bengaluru for
the 2016 FIH Junior Men's World Cup. According to Gurjant, this moment was the
steppingstone he was vying for. "After winning a lot of tournaments for
Punjab and Haryana, I was selected in the Indian Junior Hockey Team for the
U-21 6 Nations Tour, Netherlands in 2015. I was also part of the team that
played the Australian Hockey League following which I was selected to play for
India in the Junior World Cup in Lucknow."