Harmanpreet Singh is the new kid on the block. After having struck 15 goals in the recently concluded junior Asia Cup hockey including a hat-trick in the final against Pakistan, this 19-year defender has stolen the attention of several former Indian Olympian hockey stars for his sublime skill in scoring goals from penalty corners. The coach of junior Indian squad that returned to India on Tuesday night, Mr. Harinder Singh said on the occasion, “If Harmnpreet can keep up his mindset then one day he can surpass even the legendary drag flicker like Yugraj Singh.” Former Olympian Ashok Kumar is also extremely impressed by Harmanpreet’s drag-flicking perfection as he said, “After Yugraj Singh, in recent times I have never seen anybody executing drag-flicks with such power and precision.”

Harmanpreet when contact at his residence in his village house near Amritsar on Wednesday, said, “Since my childhood when I was admitted to Surjit Singh Academy in Jalandhar, I had the instinct to unleash drag flicking. I practiced it even after the training at the academy got over every day. And my coach there at the academy, Mr. Sukhjit Singh noticed my passion for the stroke. So he also encouraged a lot to hit powerful flicks from penalty corners.”

There was also a reason behind Harmanpreet’s passion for hitting flicks on the penalty corner. His idol player was Yugraj. Harmanpreet added saying, “In 2007, I met Yugraj sir for the first time in Jalandhar. He came there to participate in a friendly match. And after it was over I took his autograph and he advised me to work more harder to earn perfection in my game. I still remember the incident.”

Harmanpreet has a dream now. He wants to be the top scorer in the junior World Cup hockey championship next year. And in a bid to make preparation for the mega event Harmanjeet has already started mental preparation. He has begun watching video clippings of Yugraj Singh’s famous drag-flicking hits. Harmanpreet said, “To make my shots more powerful I must have to watch these videos.”


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