New Delhi: Once the blue-eyed boy of Indian hockey, Sandeep Singh of late is struggling to earn his place back in the national team, but the ace drag-flicker knows a strong performance in the upcoming Hockey India League can put his beleaguered career back on track.
Sandeep hogged the limelight in last year's Olympic qualifiers riding on his impressive penalty corner conversion rate. But he turned into a dud in the events thereafter, including India's disastrous London Olympics campaign, which finally led to his ouster from the national team.
With India's chief coach Michael Nobbs hinting that non-performing seniors would find it difficult to make a comeback in the wake of a young team's impressive performances in the Champions Trophy and the Asian Champions Trophy, Sandeep is desperate to make the HIL count.
"I am out of the team for quite sometime now and it pains. My main focus would be to make a comeback in the national team through the HIL and for that I will have to come up with impressive performances," Sandeep told in an interview.
"I will give my heart and soul in the HIL to make the selectors take notice of me," said the penalty corner specialist, who will turn out for Mumbai Magicians in the inaugural franchise-based event.
For Sandeep, the HIL not only marks the new beginning for Indian hockey but also for the players, who got the much-needed financial impetus because of the league.
"HIL is a boon for Indian hockey. A competitive HIL can do wonders for India hockey. The tournament will promote young talents and give them the opportunity to play alongside and against some of the best in the business," he insisted.


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