I love to represent the country in this hockey jersey: Rupinder Pal Singh

The hockey ace says that if he were to die and come back, he wouldn’t want to change a thing.

Rupinder Pal Singh.   -  AP

Earliest memory of playing hockey?

I used to go to the field with my elder brother while I was in school.

Who got you your first hockey stick?

My cousin Gagan Ajit Singh.

Funniest fan mail/proposal?

Not funny, but I remember a cute letter which touched my heart when a small kid from my city sent me a hand-written letter telling me that he loves me. It was heart-touching.

One player you dread seeing approaching you with the ball?

Thomas Briels from Belgium.

Your favourite sporting moment?

The 2014 Asian Games final against Pakistan, where we won the gold medal!

Your inspiration?

My mom.

If not a hockey player, what would you do?

I don’t know really, but I would’ve done something related to studies. I could have built a career with a good education.

What is it that you dislike the most?

Losing a challenge on the field, and losing a match. Even in practice.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I wouldn’t want to change a thing. I love to represent the country in this hockey jersey.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Hockey!

The craziest thing you have ever done?

I used to sneak out from hostel for late-night movie shows with my hostel mates.

Your favourite book?

Legacy by James Kerr.

Favourite teammate?

Mandeep Singh.

Questions most asked by the public and the media?

How I’m this tall.