Indian hockey player Akashdeep Singh has been rewarded for his stellar performance through the year as the young striker was nominated for Rising Star of the Year Award by FIH.
Akashdeep will be pitted against Christopher Ruhr (Germany), Blake Govers (Australia), Shane O’Donoghue (Ireland) and Sukhi Panesar (Canada) for the award. He played a major role in India’s bronze medal victory over Netherlands in the recently concluded Hockey World League Final held in Raipur.
The 21-year old player, who made his senior debut in 2013, represented India at 2014 World Cup played in Netherlands and was also the part of the gold-medal winning Indian team at the Incheon Asian Games as they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan to clinch the yellow metal after 16 years. With that win, India qualified for the Rio Olympics.
The Punjab lad captained the national side on the junior circuit in 2011 and also won bronze medal in junior Asia Cup in Malaysia in 2011