Playing with Fuchs will be big moment for Nikkin, Akash is sure of good learning experience at Ranchi Rays

The 2015 Hockey India League (HIL) Auction saw some young Indian players getting a better deal by franchisees as each wanted them in their team. One such player was Nikkin Thimmaiah who post consistent bidding by various franchisees was finally grabbed by Dabang Mumbai for $67,000/-. Being regarded as one of the exceptional upcoming goalkeeper, Akash Chitke feels privileged to be part of Ranchi Rays and is looking forward to a wonderful learning experience with his inclusion in the League.

Nikkin Thimmaiah (Indian Hockey Player)

Nikkin Thimmaiah

The Bengaluru-lad Nikkin Thimmaiah is remembered for his hat-trick against Australia in the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where the striker helped his team to register a 4-2 win in the 3rd/4th Classification Match. The talented striker had been a key player of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards (UPW) for the last two seasons as he successfully helped complete the attacking line. With his new team, he will now rub shoulders with Gurmail Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Harmanpreet Singh along with German forward Florian Fuchs, Australian midfielder Matthew Swann and Irish goal-keeper David Harte in the upcoming editions. Continue reading →

Nikkin’s Hat-Trick help India in beating World Champions Australia

Riding on Nikkin Thimmaiah’s hat-trick, Asian Champions India handed over the world number one Kookaburras their first defeat of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015. The World Champions went down 4-2 in their fifth and final round-robin match on Saturday. Deniel Beale and Matt Gohdes scored for Australia, while VR Raghunath opened the scoring for India.

Nikkin Thimmaiah (Indian Hockey Player)

Nikkin Thimmaiah scored a hat-trick against Australia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Kookaburras Captain Mark Knowles played his 250th match for Australia but his hope for positive results in landmark match were done by Indian early goals in the first and third quarters. Kookaburras, who were level, 1-1, at the first break through Daniel Beale’s equaliser shortly before quarter time. Having fallen two goals down in the third quarter, Matt Gohdes gave Australia hope of a comeback seven minutes from time but Nikkin’s hat-trick goal in the final minute completed the result in favor of India.

Australia’s men had already qualified for Sunday’s final against either New Zealand or Korea before the defeat, which marked their first loss at the annual Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament since May 2010, when they also went down to the Indians, 4-3. While India will play for Bronze Medal on Sunday. Continue reading →

Nikkin and Raman to Debut for India in Asia Cup 2013

11th Aug, 2013: Indian men’s hockey team was announced today for the 9th Men’s Asia Cup 2013 to played at Ipoh, Malaysia from 24 August to 1 September 2013. The winner of Asia Cup will qualify for the World Cup 2014 to held at the Hague, Netherlands.

Indian Men's Hockey Team Asia Cup 2013

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Asia Cup 2013

The 18 member squad, which will have two debutant in Ramandeep Singh and Nikin Thimmaiah, will be captained by midfielder Sardar Singh while goalkeeper P R Sreejesh will be the Vice-Captain.

In addition to talented youngsters Ramandeep and Nikkin, who were out of favor after they played for Chandigarh Comets and Pune Strykers respectively in World Series Hockey, Nithin, Mandeep and Malak will complete the attacking line of India. Since Danish Mujtaba, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, SV Sunil and Akashdeep Singh with miss the tournament due to injuries. Continue reading →