Fans idolise after knowing what your lifestyle is, says India hockey captain Manpreet Singh

first_imgIndia hockey captain Manpreet Singh is enjoying the limelight after leading his team to victory in the Asia Cup in Dhaka last month.Manpreet in an interview to India Today, makes no bones about the modern day need to carry the right personality off the field. “It’s important for people to know what you are as a person. So many fans idolise you after they know what your lifestyle is,” he said.Having led the Indian team to victory in the Asia Cup in Dhaka, half-back Manpreet joins energy drink major Red Bull as their latest talent acquisition and is making the most of some free time before the World Hockey League Finals next month.Manpreet has often dealt with polite enquiries about his fiancee of Pakistani origin, Illi Najwa Saddique, who he met playing hockey in Malaysia.”I believe in love at first sight. When I went to Malaysia I met her first and that’s how it began. It doesn’t matter that she is from another religion or from another origin. It doesn’t matter to me or my family. We are happy. After all we two have to live our life together,” he affirms.Wearing the No.7 jersey inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, Manpreet said he hopes India to become world beaters one day. The Indian hockey team having established themselves as undisputed champions in Asia with Asia Cup, Asian Champions trophy and Asian games victories, the next challenge is to take Indian hockey to next level.advertisement”In today’s hockey, there is not a big gap between India and Europeans or Australia. But it’s important that we continue to score on every given opportunity,” he said. Not all observers will concur but it will be for Manpreet to get his team to walk the talk.India host the World Cup next year but the captain wants to keep the focus at the immediate challenge. “Our first target is the World League Finals where we play against Australia first. We have to maintain the current level of performance,” he said.last_img read more