Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh
|Date of Birth||
May 8, 1986
Jayakumar, Harendra Singh
India, Chandigarh Comets, Indian Overseas Bank, Mumbai Magicians, Uttar Pradesh Wizards
The Great wall of Indian Field Hockey of recent years, PR Sreejesh has his roots in Kerala and is among the best goalkeepers in the world. Sreejesh debuted for the Indian Team in 2006 at the South Asian Games at Sri Lanka and two years later he won the “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament” at the 2008 Junior Asia Cup where India won the Gold medal.
Learning the tricks from experienced goalkeepers, Sreejesh made drastic improvements to his game and became a regular in the senior national team since 2011, the year in which he made two match winning saves in the Final of the Asian Champions Trophy against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The Indian Goalie was also crowned as the “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament” at the 2013 Asia Cup where India won the Silver medal. A stalwart in front of the goal, Sreejesh represented the country at the 2014 World Cup, 2012 & 2016 Olympic Games, but his best performances in an Indian colors came in 2014 when he was nominated for the Best Male Goalkeeper the Year award by FIH. He won the “Goalkeeper of the Tournament” award in the 2014 Champions Trophy and saved two Penalty Strokes in the 2014 Asian Games Final against Pakistan to earn his team the Gold Medal.
Two years later, Sreejesh was given the duties of the Captain and he led the team to the Silver medal at the Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy in London. Injury got Sreejesh miss most of the year 2017 but the experienced goalkeeper returned to the side early 2018, and was a part of all major tournaments, including the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy 2018.
The Ace goal-keeper was part of India’s Bronze Medal feat at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang, joint winning team of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy, and took part in the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2019.
PR Sreejesh is an Indian professional hockey player, who represents India internationally since 2006. Sreejesh plays as a goalkeeper and he captained the Indian national hockey team for the international matches. He led his team to clutch its Asian Games gold medal in 2014 and Asian Champions Trophy gold for three-time.
As a kid, Sreejesh showed his interest in the track and field athletics like sprint, long jump, etc. Later he moved to field hockey and started playing as a goalkeeper with the advice of his school coach Jayakumar.
He began his junior level-career professionally with the Junior Championship against Australia in 2004 with the Junior National Hockey Team of India. Sreejesh began his senior-level career with the South Asian Games in 2006. He led his team to win the Junior Asia Cup in 2008 and became a leading player of the team by clinching the award of ‘Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ at the end.
His Goal Keeping skills soon made him a regular member of the national team from 2011 and Sreejesh kept accompanying his squad in several top-rated international hockey tournaments since then. In 2016, he was appointed as the captain of the national team and successfully led is the squad to the quarterfinal level at the prestigious Rio Olympics in the same following year. He has been playing in HIL since 2015 and currently appointed as Chief Sports Organizer with the Kerala Govt. education department.
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Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai
SN College, Kollam