Parents taught him hockey by working as laborers, son Amit Rohidas became the penalty corner specialist of the Indian team

Amit Rohidas, the wall of defense and penalty corner specialist of the Indian hockey team, is one of the strongest links in the team selected for the Paris Olympics. Amit Rohidas is considered to be one of the best first rushers of the Indian hockey team. He has participated in more than 160 international matches for India. From being a temporary player in the hockey team to becoming the vice-captain of the team, Amit Rohidas has come a long way. He has also quietly improved his rankings due to his excellent performances in recent years. Amit Rohidas made his debut in the senior team of India in 2013 and in a very short time he became the backbone of the Indian defense.

Amit Rohidas was born on 10 May 1993 in a farmer family in Saunamara village of Sundargarh district of Odisha. However, Sundargarh district is considered to be a stronghold of talented hockey players in India. Many legends like Dilip Turki were born in this district and are remembered today for their contributions to India’s important successes. But, Amit Rohidas’s family was not associated with this sport and he is the first member of his family to show interest in playing hockey. Amit Rohidas’ interest in hockey arose when he saw Dilip Turki playing in Sundargarh.

In 2004, Rohidas got admission in Panposh Sports Hostel and at the age of 11, he started honing his hockey talent. Amit Rohidas started his career as a goalkeeper. He then tried his luck as a full-time forward. But, eventually, on the advice of his coach Bijay Lakra, he decided to become a defender. This decision of Rohidas paid off for him. His fearless attitude on the field made him a regular starter in the Odisha state hockey team. Consistent performances for Odisha earned Rohidas his first big breakthrough at the national level in 2009.

He was included in the Indian team for the 2009 Junior Asia Cup held in Myanmar, where Rohidas was awarded the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance. Four years later, Amit Rohidas was made the vice-captain of the Indian Under-21 team and made his senior debut for India through the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup held in Malaysia. Amit Rohidas made his debut for the senior team of India in 2013 and was a member of the Indian team that won the silver medal in the Asia Cup. At the domestic level, Amit Rohidas played for the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). He worked with RSPB head coach Sunil Kumar Singh to further sharpen his talent and soon got results.

After being out of the team between 2014 and 2017, Amit Rohidas impressed the national selectors with his performances on the Indian team’s tour of Europe in August 2017, where India defeated the Netherlands twice. In September, Rohidas was named vice-captain of the India A team that finished fourth in the Australian Hockey League. Rohidas was also part of the 2017 Asia Cup-winning Indian team held in Dhaka. Rohidas played a key role in India’s qualifying campaign for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. India’s historic campaign at Tokyo 2020 featured many great players, but Amit Rohidas’ ability to thwart penalty-corner specialists set him apart from the rest and earned him the spotlight.

Amit Rohidas was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2021 for his outstanding efforts at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He was the vice-captain of the Indian team at the FIH Hockey World Cup 2023. He scored India’s first goal of the competition in the opening match against Spain and helped the hosts register a 2-0 win. The Indian hockey team remained unbeaten in the group stage but finished second on the points table due to a lower goal difference than England. Amit Rohidas scored six goals for India at the Asian Games, including a crucial goal in the semi-final against the Republic of Korea, which helped India win 5-3.

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