PILLAY Vikram < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 27 Nov 1981
Height1.68 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Mumbai, IND
Occupation Airline Worker
Languages Tamil, English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfield
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for India
Location Australia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Being part of the squad that won India’s first ever Junior World Cup in 2001, thrashing Argentina 6-1 in the final in Hobart, Australia. "The Junior World Cup was the start of everything," he said. (Rediff,, 01 Oct 2001, Stick2Hockey 21 May 2006)
Most influential person in career His father Vishnu and his mother Pushpa played key roles in his growth as a person and as a player. "After God, it's my parents who have supported me to the fullest," he said. (Stick2Hockey, 21 May 2006)

His greatest influence was his teacher and coach at All Saints High School, Shyamsundar Gangadhar Sathe. "Sathe did everything to help me especially when it came to missing classes because of playing commitments. I owe my early development to him. He encouraged me to play for the state and shared his knowledge with me. I remember him even now after playing so many games for my country," he said. (Stick2Hockey, 21 May 2006)
Injuries He missed the 2005 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia after suffering a recurrence of a long-running hamstring problem. (Deepika Kerala News, 09 Jun 2005)
Awards and honours He received the prestigious Maharashtra State Government's Shiv Chattrapati Puraskar award for sport in 2004. (Indian Field Hockey, 15 May 2006)

Other information HOCKEY ACADEMY
He is the namesake and founding director of the Vikram Pillay Hockey Academy in Pune, India. (vikrampillayhockeyacademy.com, 05 Feb 2010)

COURAGE
In the 2006 Indo-Pak Test series, he exemplified the courage shown by the India team, playing his heart out despite sustaining a jaw injury early in the series. Quite appropriately, he brought the curtain down on the series with a spectacular goal that brought about the equaliser [3-3] at Rawalpindi, a remarkable effort after India had trailed 0-3 at one stage. (Sportstar Weekly 11 Mar 2006)

FURTHER RESULTS
He was part of the India team that won the International Hockey Federation's [FIH] 2001 Champions Challenge tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In domestic competition in India, he was part of the Hyderabad Sultans team that won India's inaugural Premier Hockey League [PHL] in February 2005. (The Hindu 14 Feb 2005, Indian Field Hockey, 10 May 2006)