Ace Indian striker, Ramandeep Singh who has been out of the team for almost a year has reiterated to make his way once again to the national team, pledging that he will perform the role of match-winner for India.
Ramandeep Singh was ruled out of competition when he suffered a full thickness condral fracture-injury in the center of his right knee during an intense India Vs Pakistan match at the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy in June last year.
While India went on to win Silver Medal in the tournament sans a striker, Ramandeep Singh had to return home for an immediate surgery.
To be dependent on someone for basics was emotionally very challenging but the entire team and the support staff was always there to lift my spirits and motivate me. I had not disclosed about my injury to my family until I could start walking,” Ramandeep expressed.
The injury kept Ramandeep out of the team for the 18th Asian Games as well as the Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar last year.
It was during the recent 9th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship 2019 (A Division) that Ramandeep Singh returned to the field where he played for his home state Hockey Punjab.
“My aim was to recover for the Men’s World Cup but when that didn’t happen, I aimed at playing the Nationals to gain match fitness. The entire period was frustrating because when the whole team was away for tournaments,” Ramandeep said.
I would work alone on my rehab with the help of the Hockey India support staff. When India won matches, I felt happy for the team and when they lost, I felt helpless and wondered if I could have made the slightest of a difference,” admitted Ramandeep.
Ramandeep’s return to the squad was further deterred as he suffered a stress fracture in his ankle during the 9th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship 2019 (A Division) in February which meant he would not be available for the season open Sultan Azlan Shah in March.
“I think what really kept me strong through this entire period was my hunger to wear the India jersey again,” Ramandeep said.
“I just did not want to give up on this desire and kept working on gaining full match fitness. Now that I have been selected and have with me the newly launched India jersey, it reinstates my belief and confidence,” he said.
“I am really excited to play for India again, I have literally counted days for this moment and I will do my best for the team which stood by me during my struggle over the past year,” he concluded.
On 6 June 2019, India will take on Russia at 1900 hours IST in their first match at the FIH Men’s Series Final Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019.