Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He learnt the nuances of hockey at the Danapur Army School, before joining the Sports Authority of India's [SAI] Centre of Excellence in Bangalore in 1998.
|Why this sport?
||He loved football from a young age, often at the expense of his studies. He remembers the day his parents dragged him onto a train and sent him to stay with his relatives in the neighbouring state of Bihar to concentrate on his studies. "I was crying but they would not listen. Nor would they let me go back," he said, adding that his sporting options in Bihar were severely limited. "There was just hockey. That's how hockey came into my life and today I'm leading the Indian team."
|Club / Team
|Name of coach
||Michael Nobbs [national]
|Coach from which country?
|Preferred position / style / stance / technique
|Awards and honours
||He led the Karnataka team for the first time in the 61st Senior National Hockey Championship in Hyderabad in 2005. (Deccan Herald, 15 Mar 2006)
He was part of the squad that won India's first ever Junior Hockey World Cup in 2001, beating Argentina 6-1 in the final in Hobart, Australia. (Rediff, 02 Feb 2006)