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Sandeep Singh Biography: The Inspirational Story of “Flicker Singh”

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His life is a story of immense determination, overcoming struggles, success, willpower, and unparalleled passion. A story of self-discovery and tremendous relentlessness that is sure to inspire millions. One of the best hockey players in India and all over the world, we are talking about none other than Sandeep Singh. In this blog, we will look at Sandeep Singh, aka “Flicker Singh” Biography, his inspiring journey, facts, social media, etc.

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You may have discovered some facets of his life through the movie Soorma, or you have been bowled over by his on-field tactics. Right from the transition from a lazy kid to a hockey star, that one accident that changed his life forever, to his stunning comeback. Let’s explore the journey of hockey champion Sandeep Singh.

Sandeep Singh Biography

Full name Sandeep Singh Saini
Nickname Flicker Singh
Born 27 February 1986 (age 37)
Place of Birth Shahabad, Haryana, India
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Fullback
National Team India (Appearance- 186, Goals- 138)- (2004-2012)
Senior Career
  • 2013- Mumbai Magicians
  • 2014–2015- Punjab Warriors
  • 2016- Ranchi Rays
Major Achievements
  • April 2004: Junior Asia Cup top scorer – scored 16 goals.
  • 2008: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Sundeep was the top scorer.
  • 2009: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Sundeep was the top scorer.
  • 2010: Asia Games top scorer – scored 11 goals.
  • 2010: World record for fastest drag flick – 145 km/h.
  • 2013: Hockey India League – Top scorer – 11 goals in 12 games.
  • 2014: Hockey India League – Top scorer – 11 goals.
Awards Arjuna Awards- 2010

Early Days

As a kid, Sandeep was a little lazy and preferred to just eat and sleep. He or his family members never thought he would pursue sports. His elder brother, Bikramjeet, started playing hockey. Looking at his brother winning laurels, Sandeep was tremendously inspired. Something within him just changed, and he started playing hockey.

Bikramjeet coached Sandeep for most of his initial years and played a huge part in shaping his career. Both brothers started training hard at the academy. Not surprisingly, Sandeep soon became a part of the Indian National Hockey Team.

In 2004, he became the youngest player to represent India at the Athens Olympics. He achieved the feat of becoming the leading goal scorer at the Junior Hockey World Cup in 2005.

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Accident: When Sandeep Singh got paralyzed

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Sandeep’s hockey journey had begun on the right note. He was all set for a shining career when life took a twisted turn. In August 2006, Sandeep was accidentally shot by Assistant Sub-Inspector, Mohar Singh while travelling by the Kalka New Delhi Shatabdi Express. The bullet hit his right hip and left him paralyzed waist down.

“It sounded like a blast at first, and then I felt like a hot iron rod had pierced into my back. I was screaming in pain and shouting out all the Punjabi abuses I knew. The man did walk up to me and said that he shot me by accident, but I was just in too much of a shock and pain to even look at him”. Sandeep Singh told Zoomtv.com in an exclusive interview.”

Doctors were not sure if he could even stand up again, so playing was out of the question. He took initial treatment at PGIMER Chandigarh and later went abroad to rehab. Hockey India Federation took care of his treatment. Singh has always been thankful to the federation and the Haryana government for taking care of all his expenses.

The Comeback as Captain Sandeep Singh

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“I had asked my brother to get me a hockey stick, and I would use it instead of a walking stick and get back on my feet. I never gave up despite falling several times,” he told Zoomtv.com.

Sandeep made a sensational comeback at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by scoring 8 goals. He went on to take the captainship of the Indian National Team in 2009. The most notable victory for the team under his captaincy was the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India won the cup after 13 years!

He also won the silver medal in the team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India. Sandeep was also a part of the 2012 London Olympics qualifying team. The Indian hockey team had qualified after eight years. Even though the team couldn’t get a podium finish, Sandeep impressed everyone with his stunning performance. His 16-goal haul broke all records.

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Sandeep Singh – Flicker Singh

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One of the fastest drag flickers in the world, Singh has a flicking speed of around 145 kmph. No wonder he is called Flicker Singh!

Sandeep Singh Family

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Sandeep’s wife, Harjinder Kaur, is also an international hockey player. She supported him and his career by sacrificing her own. During his recovery and rehabilitation, she was a pillar of strength for Sandeep. The couple got married in 2008 and is blessed with a son. Sandeep loves to take his wife on long rides to Ambala when he is home.

Unknown Facts about Sandeep Singh

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  • Sandeep Singh’s as a penalty corner specialist earned him the title of Flicker Singh.
  • Singh is employed with the Haryana Police.
  • He has played for international clubs like St George Randwick Hockey Club in Australia and Harvard Hockey Club in England.
  • Sandeep has always focused on his health and fitness. He does not smoke.
  • Singh’s favorite actor is Shah Rukh Khan.
  • Dhanraj Pillai has always been Singh’s sporting idol and motivation.
  • Singh’s passion for the game has no limits. He has tattooed the Olympic rings on his right hand.
  • He loves to relax by watching movies and listening to music.
  • Singh loves pasta and salads.

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Soorma Movie

Sandeep Singh’s inspiring life story reached masses with the 2018 Bollywood movie Soorma. Portrayed by Diljeet Singh and directed by Shaad Ali, the movie beautifully depicted the struggles and victories of our hockey star. It was an overwhelming moment for Singh.

Teams Sandeep Singh Played For

  • National Team (2004–2012)
  • Mumbai Magicians (2013)
  • Punjab Warriors (2014-2015)
  • Ranchi Rays (2016 – present)
  • Havant Hockey Club (United Kingdom)

National Award

  • Arjuna Award, 2010

Sandeep Singh’s Achievements

Commonwealth Games

Yea Place Event Medal
2010 India Team Silver

Champions Challenge

Year Place Event Medal
2007 Belgium Team Bronze

Asian Games

Year Place Event Medal
2010 Guangzhou Team Bronze

Sultan Azian Shah Cup

Year Place Event Medal
2009 Malaysia Team Gold

Social Media


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Who is Sandeep Singh?

Sandeep Singh is a former Indian field hockey player who hails from Shahabad, Haryana. He is known for his powerful drag flicks and has represented the Indian national team as a fullback.

What is Sandeep Singh’s nickname?

Sandeep Singh has earned the nickname “Flicker Singh” owing to his remarkable prowess in executing drag flicks, a specialized technique in the realm of field hockey.

Is there a movie based on Sandeep Singh’s life?

Indeed, Sandeep Singh’s extraordinary life journey has been portrayed in the Bollywood film “Soorma,” which was released in 2018. The movie showcases his remarkable trajectory, challenges faced, and triumphant achievements in the realm of field hockey.

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Mamta Thatte
Mamta Thatte
A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.


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