Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra have decided to call quits for the Indian hockey team. Rupinder played a drag-flicker while Birendra held the defensive duties. Rupinder is also nicknamed “Bob” and has made 223 appearances for the national team. He also participated in an impressive Olympics hockey campaign, nailing four goals in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Lakra majorly played the center-back position for his team. His reliability and composure had been lauded often by the hockey experts. The defender made 201 appearances for the Indian team. Both Rupinder and Lakra won bronze medals during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as members of the men’s hockey team.
The past couple of months have undoubtedly been the best days of my life. Standing on the podium in Tokyo along with my teammates with whom I have shared some of the most incredible experiences of my life was a feeling I will cherish forever. I believe it is time for me to make way for young and talented players to experience every great joy that I have felt in these last 13 years of representing India
Rupinder Pal Singh, Former Indian hockey player