Sandeep Singh, who top scored in India's 8-1 win over France on Sunday with 5 goals in the final of the London Olympics men's hockey qualifiers, celebrates his 27th birthday today. (AFP Photo)
The ace drag-flicker's feat helped India qualify for the Olympics after 8 years. He celebrated his birthday with his teammates last night after the victory. (AFP Photo)
He cut his birthday cake in the presence of his teammates, who themselves were in a song and dance mood for a double celebration for the Indian hockey team. (AFP Photo)
He was also the highest scorer of the tournament with 16 goals. (AFP Photo)
Born on February 27, 1986 to Gurcharan Singh and Daljit Kaur, Sandeep hails from Shahabad town in Kurukshetra. His elder brother, Bikramjeet Singh, is also a hockey player. (AFP Photo)
Sandeep is also serving as the Deputy Superintendent in Haryana Police. (AFP Photo)
Known for his genial nature, Sandeep made his international debut in 2004 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. (AFP Photo)
Sandeep became India's captain in 2009 and under his captaincy India won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after a gap of 13 years. He was the top scorer of that tournament. (AFP Photo)
In August 2006, he was seriously injured in an accidental gunshot. He was on his way to join the team due to leave for the World Cup when he was shot on a train.
In 2010, he was awarded with the Arjuna Award. (AFP Photo)
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