Sandeep Singh eyeing return to national team through Hockey India League

For Sandeep Singh, 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.

updated: January 07, 2013 18:30 IST
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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.

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