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Deepak Thakur Sonkhla (popularly known as Deepak Thakur) is a hockey forward in Indian team.

Deepak Thakur
The President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Arjuna Award for the year 2004 to Shri Deepak Thakur for Hockey, at a glittering function in New Delhi on August 29, 2005.jpg
Thakur (right) receiving the Arjuna Award from President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (left), 2005
Personal information
Full name Deepak Thakur Sonkhla
Born (1980-12-28) 28 December 1980 (age 38)
Bhamowal, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Playing position Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Indian Oil Corporation
2007 HTC Stuttgarter Kickers
2012 Sher-e-Punjab 16 (12)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2010 India 69+ (73)


Thakur's father is an ex-serviceman and his mother a house-wife. His younger sister is a national badminton player.


Junior levelEdit

Thakur became popular after his solo effort , A goal poacher, Deepak Thakur rose from the junior ranks when he scored a hat-trick in the 2001 Junior World Cup final against Australia leading India to the titleard showing 6-1. He finished the tournament with ten goals and was named the 'top scorer of the world cup . Born in hoshiarpur , Punjab. Thakur took up hockey on his father’s insistence and was among the most consistent scorers in 2003, when Indian hockey made considerable progress winning four tournaments. Thakur made up for one of the most lethal attack line along with Gagan Ajit Singh and Prabhjot Singh, in a career spanning over eight years. Has played in 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics.

Senior levelEdit

He debuted for the senior national team in June 1999 against Germany. He was part of national squad in 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic.


He was awarded Arjuna Award[1] in 2004 for taking Indian hockey to next higher level.[2]


  1. ^ "India hockey team has good momentum: Deepak Thakur". The Indian Express. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Deepak 'Arjuna' Thakur epitome of avant-garde hockey". The Tribune. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 16 October 2010.

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