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I’ve been lucky in my profession: India Colts’ vice captain Boby Singh Dhami

New Delhi [India], June 19 (ANI): For India Colts’ vice captain Boby Singh Dhami, profitable the Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 has not solely set him up for greater feats in his profession but it surely has additionally reinstated his perception within the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason.”Boby was solely 10-year-old, when a tragic accident involving his driver father Shyam Singh Dhami, pressured his mom to take the choice of sending their youngest son Boby to stay together with his maternal uncle in Tanakpur – a scenic city within the coronary heart of Kumaon vary in Uttarakhand.

Boby’s uncle Prakash was a former national-level hockey participant. A younger Boby would accompany his uncle to the bottom the place he educated native children in hockey. Intrigued by the talent and tenacity the sport required, Boby was drawn to the sport. A naturally-gifted ahead, Boby made swift progress as a ahead. By the time he was 16, he was chosen to the SAI Centre in Sonepat.

“When my family was struck with difficulties after my father’s accident, we were left with no money. My parents could not even afford my education and my mother decided to send me away to my uncle’s home. As a child, it was obviously difficult to deal with that situation but looking back now, I realise, if that accident never happened then I would have probably never played hockey,” expressed Boby looking back.

In 2019, Boby broke into Hockey India’s Junior National Program and in 2021; he was picked within the Junior India staff as an alternate participant for the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. His choice was backed by a superb present within the Sultan of Johor Cup. An damage to Maninder Singh, who was then pegged as the subsequent large factor in Indian hockey, noticed Boby getting an opportunity to showcase his talent on the greatest quadrennial match for U21.

“I think I have been quite fortunate in my career. Maninder’s injury got me into the playing XI for the Junior World Cup. Though we finished fourth and were quite disappointed, the loss in the Bronze Medal match only encouraged us to perform better in the coming days. We got tougher mentally and told ourselves that we would not lose any major tournament thereafter,” Boby acknowledged.

Having received the current Men’s Junior Asia Cup in Oman, beating Pakistan within the Final, Boby believes his staff is poised for greater feats. “We saw the kind of respect and honour the Senior Team received after their Bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics. That really motivated us. We knew winning big tournaments will see us get similar respect and we have. Yesterday, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi mentioned our victory in Mann Ki Baat. The team is overwhelmed with the appreciation we have received over the past few weeks and has now made us all the more determined to do well in the Junior World Cup in Malaysia,” he signed off. (ANI)