From wheelchair to the captainship of Indian Hockey team – An inspiring tale of Sandeep Singh Bhinder
Sandeep Singh Bhinder, a name that every hockey lover is fond of. There are indeed several reasons to love this great Indian hockey player; but most notable part is Sandeep Singh Bhinders inspiring life story.
Sandeep made his international debut in January 2004 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup In Kuala Lumpur. During the peak of his wonderful career, Sandeep was seriously injured after being hit by an accidental gunshot in the Shatabadi train on 22 August 2006, while on his way to join the national team which was to leave for the World Cup in Germany two days later. For the next two years, Sandeep Singh Bhinders was almost paralyzed and on a wheelchair. But, the determined Sandeep not only recovered, but also established himself back into the national team.
In 2009, Sandeep became the captain of the Indian national team. Under his captaincy, the Indian team won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009. India won that title after 13 long years. Sandeep was also the top goal scorer of the tournament. At that time, he was said to have the world’s best speed in drag flick (speed 145 km/h).
In 2012, Indian men’s national hockey team qualified for the Summer Olympics in London after a gap of 8 years. World class drag-flicker Sandeep Singh Bhinders scored 5 goals in the final against France, including a hat-trick – all from penalty corners (19th, 26th, 38th, 49th and 51st minutes). Sandeep Singh Bhinders was the highest scorer of the Olympic qualifiers tournament, with 16 goals.