Date: 2018-07-05 22:27:36
Bollywood has given us some very great films on sports such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag based on Milkha Singh's life, Mary Kom as the name suggests is based on boxer Mary Kom's life, M.S Dhoni the untold story, Dangal, and Chak De India. All these films have not only done well commercially but have impressed the critics too. A new film, Soorma based on former hockey team captain Sandeep Singh's life is about to release and his role is played by Diljit Dosanjh. We have a feeling that this film is going to be just as great as the other film's in the category in which it belongs.
Sandeep Singh hails from Shahabad town in Kurukshetra, Haryana and was born into a Sikh family to Gurcharan Singh and Daljit Kaur. His elder brother, Bikramjeet Singh is also a field hockey player and plays for Indian oil. According to the trailer of the film, it seems that Sandeep Singh wasn't too fond of playing hockey and it was only when he met another hockey player named Harjinder Kaur that he started getting serious about the sport.
Thanks to his lady love, he realized his passion for hockey and when he was ridiculed for his misguided intentions about the sport from the coach, He made it a point to prove to him and everyone else that he could be a successful hockey player.
On 22nd August 2006, Sandeep was on his way to join the national team due to leave for the World cup in Germany two days later. Unfortunately, he was hit by a bullet when the pistol of a Railway Protection Force Officer accidentally went off inside the Shatabdi Express. The bullet fractured his lowest rib and punctured his pancreas while his kidneys and liver were slightly damaged as a result, a part of his spine took all the impact and was chipped.
Sandeep was almost paralyzed and was wheelchair-bound for two years, however, with his sheer determination to get back on his feet he made a stunning comeback in 2008. He made a comeback during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup that year. Also known as 'flicker Singh', Sandeep rose in the ranks and because of his earlier performance, he soon was made the captain of the India national team in 2009.
Then under his captaincy, India won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after 13 years and Sandeep was the highest goal scorer and won the 'Man of the Tournament' award.
You would all be happy to know that he is married to the girl who had inspired him to start playing hockey. Sandeep has been out of the team since 2014 and he is currently a DSP in the Haryana Police. He is eager to take a mentor's role for the youngsters who want to learn the art of drag flicking.
Sandeep's story is especially inspirational considering the circumstances he came out of to make his successful comeback in the national hockey team. In a country obsessed with cricket, it is important to tell stories of other sports which don't necessarily get the appreciation they deserve.
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