Isolation Diaries: With Indian hockey forward Mandeep Singh

The Jalandhar lad has been catching up on books and plays pool to help him track the ball better.

Striker Mandeep Singh was an integral part of the India side that got their maiden FIH Pro League campaign off to a strong start.

Singh scored three goals in matches against the Netherlands and Belgium.

With a national lockdown in place in the country, the Indian hockey teams are currently put up at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Bengaluru, where they had been undergoing a training camp.

The Olympic Channel’s recent chat with Mandeep Singh revealed that he has been using the time quite productively.

When was the last time you were indoors for this long?

I have not experienced such a thing ever in my life! This is the first time it has happened in years.

One new skill you learnt/tried out.

We are lucky that we have a pool table in our campus. I have played pool before, but I am working on my game during the lockdown period.

We have to concentrate on the ball while playing pool so the practice will help me improve my focus on the hockey pitch.

Your preferred way to workout?

I like to do on the spot running with bands. I enjoy doing push-ups and sit-ups as well.

A TV series or book that you have enjoyed.

I am a big fan of the film Sholay. I watched it again some days back.

I mostly read books that are related to sports. I am currently reading Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games written by Nalin Mehta and Boria Majumdar.

A person you have video-called the most.

I have mostly video-called my family in the last few days. I speak to my sister who is currently living in Mumbai. I speak to my parents on video call as well.

What's your diet been like in the times of lockdown?

Our diet in the campus has mostly remained the same. I'm eating more salads and pasta at the moment.

First thing you will do after isolation ends.

The first thing I will do is go on the hockey pitch and start practicing. We do stickwork training in our rooms nowadays, but it's a different feeling to practice hockey on the turf. I want to get back on the field as soon as possible.

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