Born to a former Indian Hockey Player, VR Raghunath had always dreamed about playing professional hockey for the nation.
In his father’s guidance and with consistent hard work he made it into the Indian Hockey Team and since the very first game, he has been a crucial player in the men’s squad. Mostly appreciated for his contribution in defending the Indian side against strong opponents. Besides, his defensive capabilities, he is one of the best Drag Flickers to play the game of Hockey.
Let’s ride through the 7 most glorious moments of Indian Hockey Team’s very famous Drag Flicker, VR Raghunath:
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- The first special moment came in Raghunath’s life when he made his debut for the country in the sub-junior side and luckily got selected to play in the squad for 2003 Sub-Junior Asia Cup which was held in Dhaka. He even tasted success in his very first tournament as India proudly lifted the cup that year.
- The second proud moment of VR’s life came when he made his debut for the senior men’s hockey team, though his debut came after he joined the team as a substitute of Sandeep Singh during a bilateral series against Pakistan in 2005.
- Raghunath has given an integral contribution to the Indian side on multiple occasion like he made one by scoring six goals for his side in the 2013 Asia Cup where India won the silver medal. He was awarded the ‘Best Player of the Tournament’ and that is why it certainly counts as another glorious moment for the 29-years-old.
- His career achievements are what makes the nation proud of him as he was even the part of India’s bronze victory in the 2007 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In the next edition of the tournament, he turned out to be the star from his side as he led his team to clinch the silver medal in the year 2008.
- The Most Glorious Moment of his life ever came in the year 2016, the year which made his family proud of him as he was recommended for the esteemed Arjuna Award in that year along with Ritu Rani and Dharamvir Singh.
- Just like any other player, he had his share of lows, he experienced the first downfall when he was dropped from the Indian side before the 2010 World Cup, but his good form bring the train back on the track and he was selected to represent India in hockey at the 2012 London Olympics.
- He achieved another high when Uttar Pradesh Wizards found him worthy enough to purchase him for a whopping sum of USD $76,000 in the auctions of the inaugural Hockey India League in 2013. He led the team as the skipper and ended the first season having scored 9 goals in 14 games and the second season scoring 8 goals in 12 games.
These were some glorious moments of VR Ragunath’s life, the player on whom the whole nation is proud of. The brilliant player Raghunath has represented the nation for more than 200 times and has scored more than 105 goals collectively. His contribution to the Indian team is valuable and is worth remembering.