Bracing up for the third Hero Hockey India League, penalty corner specialist Rupinder Pal Singh said he would be aim to be a standout performer for his team — defending champions Delhi Waveriders.
Playing for Delhi Waveriders consecutively for the third time, Rupinder is eagerly waiting to display his proficiency alongside an experienced bunch of defenders like India’s Surender Kumar and Diwakar Ram, New Zealand’s Steven Edwards, Andrew Hayward and Australia’s Tristan White.
The 23-year-old drag-flicker has been a significant contributor to the Delhi Waveriders in both the seasons and played a major role in steering his team to win the second season of the tournament.
Rupinder is keen to share the field with Edwards and White who have successfully boosted the Waveriders defence.
Speaking on the upcoming tournament, an excited Rupinder said, “Playing for a team which has been the champion in the last season, I am much more confident and geared up to play our first match against Uttar Pradesh Warriors.
“With an advantage of a good defence line up, I am looking forward to a successful tournament for my team and aiming to retain the title.
“Under the very efficient leadership of Sardar Singh, supported by the brilliant Danish Mujtaba along with much experienced Gurbaj Singh, young Akashdeep Singh and Yuvraj Walmiki to name a few, I am anticipating a good game of hockey from my team. I am even waiting to play alongside Andrew Hayward who will be new to the team this year and going by his record it will be an experience for me to play with him,” he added.
The inaugural day of the League will have Kalinga Lancers taking on Ranchi Rays on January 22 in Bhubaneswar.