He wants to be a six-footer!

Hard work will give you everything, so keep working hard every day, says Akashdeep Singh.

Before matches, Akashdeep Singh listens to mostly Punjabi music, which includes songs by Sitender Sartaaj and Gurdas Maan.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Your sporting idol?

Shahbaz Ahmed.

In your next birth if you were to come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I wouldn’t want to leave hockey so I would like to come back as a hockey player only, the greatest ever hockey player (laughs).

Which words or phrases do you use the most?

In Punjabi you say, “Kidda Paji,” which means, “How are you?” and I say it a lot. But I think “Paji” is a word that’s most used.

Who would you most like to invite to dinner — and why?

Akshay Kumar, because he’s my favourite actor and is a great human being.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Sunny Deol’s character in the movie Gadar.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would want to have a height of at least six feet.

What is your greatest extravagance?

It’s a skill — the backhand shot that I use when I’m on the pitch.

As a forward do you practice any celebrations for a goal?

Not really because I have two celebrations which I prefer using, one with my arms outstretched and the other when I raise my arms to thank god.

Sporting motto?

Hard work will give you everything, so keep working hard everyday.

Favourite movie?

Gadar.

What songs do you listen to before a match?

Mostly Punjabi music which includes songs by Sitender Sartaaj and Gurdas Maan.

Sports that you watch other than hockey?

Football.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

I think ‘honesty’ is an overrated virtue because sometimes people confuse it with ‘truth.’ But we should understand that those two are completely different.

When in need of advice, who would you go to?

Ramandeep Singh. He’s my go-to man for any advice, be it related to the game or my personal life.

I would like to mention that I’m really gutted that he missed out on the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup owing to a long-term injury. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery.