Hockey fans are keen to know why former Indian striker Prabhjot Singh is not turning out for Dabur Mumbai Magicians in the 2nd Hero Hockey India League. The 33-year-old forward sat out of the Magicians’ first two games as he is serving a three-month ban for indulging in unbecoming behavior in the final of the 2013 Surjit Singh Memorial hockey tournament.
Prabhjot, then featuring for his employers Indian Oil against Punjab & Sind Bank, showed poor sportsmanship and refused to leave the field when he was red-carded for arguing and abusing with umpire GS Sangha and even showing the stick to him, prompting the match to be held up for about twenty minutes.
Dabur Mumbai Magicians must have felt his absence in the first two games as they struggled to jell as a unit losing by identical margins of 3-5 to Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Uttar Pradesh Wizards. The vastly experienced striker is known to produce 'big impact' performances inside the rival ‘D’, but also has a propensity to get worked up easily, something he needs to guard again if he has to guide the Magicians to an improved showing from what they dished out in the 2013 edition.
According to Dabur Mumbai Magicians sources, Prabhjot can only return to competitive action only after January 31 – the time by which he would have completed his three-month ban. It may be noted that the 2013 Surjit Singh Memorial hockey tournament was held in the month of October last year.
The proficient hit man will likely to take the pitch for Dabur Mumbai Magicians in an away clash against Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneshwar on Saturday.