Devinder scored one of the three goals during India's 3-2 win over France in the Asian country's opening match of the ongoing tournament in Belgium on last Saturday.

Congratulating Devinder on his brilliant performance, HI secretary general Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, said: "Devinder is a disciplined player and has an impressive track record throughout his junior career.

"His consistent performance in Hockey India League, Hockey India National Championship and in training sessions, has helped Devinder him earn a place in the national team for this tournament."

Devinder comes from a family of hockey players. He is the younger brother of striker Yuvraj Walmiki, who is a regular player of the Indian team.

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