Surjit Singh Randhawa (India)
Surjit Singh
Born 10.10.1951 in Batala, Gurdaspur
School / University Lyallpur Khalsa College
Profession Police Officer, Punjab Police
Club(s) Punjab Police
Playing Position Right full back
First International 1973 at 2nd World cup
Last International 1982
International Caps  
Olympic Goals scored
Hockey Idol  

Olympic Games:

Surjit Singh Randhawa represented India at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

Games
City
Phase
Match
Date
Result
Goals
1976 Montreal Group A
1
18.07.1976 India 4 - Argentina 0
1
1976 Montreal Group A
3
19.07.1976 India 1 - Netherlands 3
0
1976 Montreal Group A
7
21.07.1976 India 1 - Australia 6
1
1976 Montreal Group A
9
22.07.1976 India 3 - Canada 0
0
1976 Montreal Group A
13
24.07.1976 India 3 - Malaysia 0
1
1976 Montreal Group A playoff
1
26.07.1976 India 1 - Australia 1
1
1976 Montreal Class 5/8
2
29.07.1976 India 2 - W. Germany 3
0
1976 Montreal Final Class 7/8
1
30.07.1976 India 2 - Malaysia 0
0
Final Standing: 7th position
Surjit Singh

Surjit studied at Guru Nanak School, Batala and Lyallpur Khalsa College

He played for Guru Nanak Dev University; Combined Universities; Indian Airlines and Punjab Police

A tenacious and attacking player, Surjit adorned the defence at both right and left back positions and made an impression at every level of the game, starting from school.

He distinguished himself at the University level too, leading the Combined Universities in various tournaments.

He was wanted by every organisation and he, in his own way, managed to please every one, serving Railways and Indian Airlines before settling down with Punjab Police.

Surjit made his international debut in the second Hockey World Cup tournament in Amsterdam in 1973. He was the top scorer in the tournament.

 

L to R: India's Surjeet, Zweerts and Leefers of Netherlands during the final of 2nd World Cup in 1973

Surjit Singh
Surjit Singh

He was selected for the World Hockey XI following the World Cup.

He represented India in the 1974 Asian Games in Teheran and was was selected for the Asian X1.

Surjit was a member of the Indian team that won the Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 1975.

India won the title for the first and only time with Surjit scoring one of the goals in the 2 – 1 win over Pakistan in the final.

The Asian Games in Bangkok in 1978 was the next big event and the following year he captained India in the Champions Trophy where he was the top scorer.

Surjit Singh
Surjit Singh at 2nd World Cup

Surjit, who was then the captain of Punjab Police and Punjab State teams, was selected to Captain the Indian team at the 5th Hockey World Cup held at Bombay in 1982.

He captained the Indian team at the 1982 Asia Cup in Karachi.

In 1982, for the second time in his career, he was picked up for the World X1.

Surjit at 2nd World Cup

Surjit's family is totally involved with sports.

His wife Chanchal, a Joint Director with the Punjab Government, is a hockey player of repute, having captained the Punjab team in 1973.

She represented the country in the first Women’s World Cup at Cannes in 1974, played in Test matches against Japan and Uganda and was awarded the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award.

Son Sarbrinder has taken to tennis, having played in various ITF Tournaments.

Daughter Inderpreet is also involved with tennis besides studying for medicine.

Surjit Singh
Surjit Singh

Surjit Singh at 2nd World Cup in 1973

His family and friends decided to perpetuate his memory in the form of the Surjit Singh Memorial Tournament.

His native village has too been named as Surjit Singh Wala.

Surjit was awarded the Indian National Award ‘Arjuna Puraskar’ in 1998 (Posthumous).

Surjit Singh at 2nd World Cup in 1973

Surjit was top scorer with 11 Goals in Perth Esanda Intl.Gold Cup-1979.

He was top Indian scorer in Amsterdam World Cup (1976) with 6 Goals.

He was top Indian scorers in Tehran Asian Games (1974) with 6 Goals.

He scored 3 goals in finals of consecutive World Cup. He scored twice in Amsterdam(1973) vs. Netherlands and one in KL(1975) vs. Pakistan.

Surjit died in a car crash on 6 January 1984.

Surjit Singh