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Deepika Thakur
Personal information
Born (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 32)
Yamunanagar, Haryana, India
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Playing position Defender
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
India 226

Deepika Thakur (born 7 February 1987) is an Indian field hockey player and is currently the most senior and highest capped player of Indian women’s Team. She plays as a Defender in the senior team and has represented India over 200 outings and has scored 24 goals.[1]


She hails from Haryana and is a product of Sports Hostel, Chandigarh. She works for Indian Railways.[2] She has represented India in World Cup 2006 and 2010, Asian Games in 2010 and 2014 and Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014.

Deepika joined the Indian National Women's hockey team much against the wishes of her parents who wanted her to marry early. She postponed her marriage that was scheduled to happen in October 2016 in order to play for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Indian women’s team qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016 after the gap of 36 years.[3] Deepika was the vice-captain of that squad. Though India finished bottom of the group.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

In the Asian Champions Trophy (2016) held in Malaysia, Indian women's won their maiden title in which Deepika played an important role. She also got the ‘highest scorer of the tournament’ award.[10][11]

India won Gold medal at the South Asian Games, 2016. Deepika was part of the squad and scored one of the goals in the final match against Sri Lanka.[12][13]


Arjuna Award-2017 Nominee

200 Match caps Milestone.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Dhruv Batra Player of the Year, Women (2015) in Hockey.[14]
  • Hockey India Defender of the year 2014
  • GM Railways Award 2008

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Deepika Thakur: 10 things to know about India's talented hockey defender". Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Deepika Thakur Profile". Hockey India. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Indian women hockey team qualifies for Olympics after 36 years". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "DEEPIKA THAKUR (29)". Sportstarlive. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. ^ "India's women's hockey team gears up for USA Tour before Rio Olympics". 16 July 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympics a chance at liberation for Indian women's hockey team". The Indian Express. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympics: Great Britain outclass India 3–0 in women's hockey". The Indian Express. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Haryana sportswomen shelve marriage plans for Rio Olympics | othersports". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Whenever I've felt low, something good has happened: Deepika Thakur".
  11. ^ Kumar, Nandini (30 March 2016). "Woman On! Outback to Olympics". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Indian women's Hockey team clinches gold".
  13. ^ Suhrid Barua (9 June 2015). "Interview with Deepika Thakur: "Want to finish in top-3 in Hockey World League"". Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Hockey India | P.R Sreejesh and Deepika win the Hockey India Player of the Year". Retrieved 28 July 2018.