One of the major driving forces behind the Indian Men’s Hockey Team’s multiple success stories in the year gone by, Harmanpreet Singh’s contributions have been recognised with the FIH Player of the Year Award 2021-22 yet again for the second time in a row.
Harmanpreet, who has played 155 times for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team, has found the back of the net 115 times. Speaking on the occasion, Harmanpreet said “I am truly very humbled and honoured to have won the FIH Player of the Year Award 2021-22. This is a big moment for my career and I am really happy.”
“However, I must say that this award is not mine alone, even though it is an individual award, because without the help and support of my teammates, this would not have been possible in any way at all. So, this is for the team.”
An Arjuna Awardee in 2021, Harmanpreet’s focus will now shift to the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League 2022-23, where they will face Spain and New Zealand in the next leg, beginning 28th October in Odisha.
“Winning such a prestigious award motivates me to work harder on my game so that I can maintain the high levels regularly. Against Spain and New Zealand, my aim will be to carry out the orders and help execute the plans to perfection. Only then can we do well,” Harmanpreet said.
After the six games against Spain and New Zealand, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team’s focus will move to the big one – the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023.
“We are fully focussed on ensuring we do our best in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023. We have to improve our record in this tournament. Every team will be a very different and unique challenge, but we are doing our best to ensure the team is well prepared to play in front of a packed stadium in Odisha.”