A full blooded defender, Surjit Singh was India’s greatest right-full back of his times. He had the capability of sound tackling and fine recovery besides unleashing thunderbolts from the heavy blades of his strikes.
He was born on October 10, 1951. During his initial stages of hockey career he played for the Guru Nanak Dev University and later for combined Universities team. Later he was included in the Indian hockey team and very soon, he became the player’s leading spokesman.
He made his international debut in the second World Cup Hockey Tournament in Amsterdam in 1973. He was in the Indian team which von the third World Cup Hockey Tournament at Kuala Lumpur in 1975. fed also participated in the fifth World Cup Hockey Tournament and in the Asian Games of 1978 where he scored the highest number of goals.
As t spokesman of players, many a times there emerged differences between limited and the Indian Hockey Federation. Disillusioned by the treatment netted to players he hung his stick during the prime time of his career.