Gurjit Kaur opens up on what became her career defining moment

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Indian field hockey international and Asian Games silver medallist Gurjit Kaur has stated that learning and perfecting the renowned drag flicking technique has been the defining moment of her career in the sport.

Gurjit Kaur
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Every athlete has one special moment in their career that they cherish to be the ‘turning point,’ the very moment that completely redefines the rest of their life in the sport. For Gurjit Kaur, the designated drag flicker of the Indian team, learning and working on her drag flick has been that decisive moment.

Drag flick is both a spectacular as well as an effective move during a game of hockey. First seen performed by Aussie hockey legend Jay Stacy, the art of drag flicking is picking up the ball on the shaft of hockey stick, before slinging the stick to give the ball a sudden boost in speed.

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Gurjit Kaur credits learning to drag flick as the turning point of her career

Gurjit Kaur, who was part of the India women’s national field hockey team at the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, believes theat learning the move has been the main factor behind her career’s success.

“I think learning the drag-flicking technique properly has been the turning point of my career,” the 24 year old defender said in a Hockey India media release, “Everyone has a role to play in a hockey team and I am very happy about putting in a lot of effort to be a good drag-flicker for our side.”

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Gurjit Kaur, the prolific drag flicker of the Nabhvarna. (Image Courtesy: TOI)

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Hailing from Punjab, Gurjit Kaur made her international debut all the way back in 2014, and till date has made 72 appearances for India, scoring 33 times. She represented India at the 2018 Asian Games, where the Nabhvarna clinched silver, beating China in the semis.

Gurjit’s rise to international fame came in 2017 at the Women’s Hockey Asia Cup, where the Indian team defeated China in the final to become the continental champions and earn their berth for the 2018 world cup. She scored eight goals in the tournament, including two against Japan in the semi final, and became the team’s top scorer.

Gurjit at the 2017 Asia Cup (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Commenting further on drag flicking, she credited her fellow players and the coaches for helping her to perfect the move, which she learned and used to pratice when she joined the junior national camp back in 2014.

“I have received a lot of support from my teammates and coaches to learn and fine-tune the art of drag-flicking as my career has progressed,” Kaur acknowledged.

In the past, Gurjit had credited Indian team’s coach Sjoerd Marijne for encouraging her to perfect drag flicking, and said that switching the hockey stick helped her improve a lot.

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