New Delhi: Sandeep Singh played a pivotal role in ensuring India earned an Olympic berth by defeating France in devastating fashion on Sunday. The hosts won 8-1 with five strikes from Sandeep's stick, a perfect start to his birthday which is on Monday.
Scoring though, is not a skill Sandeep discovered on an electrical Sunday night at the National Stadium. He has been the primary drag-flicker for India and has been a pivotal part of India's attacking line-up for years.
The 26-year-old made his debut in January 2004, in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (Kuala Lumpur). The drag-flicker shone to stardom once he began clocking strikes at above 140 kmph and many considered him as one of the best that India has produced, ever. He was even compared to Soahil Abbas of Pakistan, known widely as the most dreaded penalty corner specialist in the world.