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.
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.
He was selected
for the World Hockey XI following the World Cup.
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
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, 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.
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.
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.
has taken to tennis, having played in various ITF Tournaments.
is also involved with tennis besides studying for medicine.
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