|Full name||Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh The Times of India|
|Nickname||PR, The Wall of Indian Hockey TFIPOST|
|Profession||Field Hockey Player|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 79 kg
in pounds- 174 lbs
|International Debut||South Asian Games 2006, Colombo|
|Jersey Number||India 16
|Coach(s)/Mentor(s)||• M. Arif Ahmed Farhath [Club]
• Terry Walsh [National]
• Ramesh Kolappa
• Harendra Singh
• 2014: Asian Game held in Incheon
• 2014: Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow
• 2016: Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy held in London
• 2015: Men’s FIH Hockey World League held in Raipur
|Achievements||• 'Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament' 2013 Asia Cup, Malaysia
• 'Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ 2014 Champions Trophy, India
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Padma Shri 2017
• Arjuna Award 2015
• Baljith Singh Goalkeeper of the Year Award 2014
• Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in 2021
|Date of Birth||8 May 1986 (Thursday) Sree Narayana College Kollam|
|Age (as of 2021)||35 Years|
|School||St. Antony's Lower Primary School, Kizhakkambalam
St. Joseph High School, Kizhakkambalam
|College/University||Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala|
|Educational Qualifications||Graduation in History|
|Ethnicity||Malayali Instagram-P. R. Sreejesh|
|Hobbies||Reading Books, Cooking|
|Tattoo||Tribal Tattoo on left shoulder
|Controversy||P. R. Sreejesh was allegedly charged an extra Rs 1500 by the AirAsia for carrying his equipment bag that was not even over the stipulated weight limit while returning from Malaysia after winning the Asian Champions Trophy 2016. P. R. Sreejesh took it to to Twitter and tweeted a picture of the bill quoting "extra charges for the sports equipment bag which come below 15kg ??Are they expecting me to carry makeup kit?? ..funny concept @AirAsia"
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||12 May 2013|
|Marriage Place||Maha Vishnu Temple at Kizhakambalam|
|Wife/Spouse||Aneeshya (Former long jumper and an Ayurveda doctor)
|Parents||Father- P. V. Raveendran (Farmer)
Mother- Usha (Homemaker)
|Siblings||Brother- Sreejith Parattu Raveendran (Real estate agent )
|Hockey Players||Adrian Albert D'souza, Baljit Dadwal, Dhanraj Pillay|
|Athlete||P. T. Usha|
Some Lesser Known Facts About P. R. Sreejesh
- P. R. Sreejesh is an Indian professional hockey player positioned as a goalkeeper in the national team. He is the recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award (2015) and the Padma Shri (2017).
- During his childhood, P. R. Sreejesh was fond of playing sports whether it be long jump, volleyball, or sprinting. When he was 12 his parents enrolled him at GV Raja Sports School in Thiruvananthapuram, a school where Sreejesh could get more exposure to sports.
- Sreejesh’s couch at GV Raja Sports School suggested him to take up hockey as his professional sport but Sreejesh was not impressed with his idea then. Talking about choosing hockey, P. R. Sreejesh, in an interview, said,
Hockey was the last resort. Growing up, I was on the heavier side. I had tried shot put but I didn’t have the power. I didn’t have the athleticism to be good in basketball and volleyball, but being a hockey goalkeeper suited my physique. Surprisingly, I was rather good at it.”
- After trying his hand in a number of sports, P. R. Sreejesh opted for hockey when the hockey coach at the sports school, Jayakumar, choose him to play in the school team as the goalkeeper for the hockey team. After that, Sreejesh played in several interschool and state-level tournaments. P. R. Sreejesh’s first major tournament that he played was the Nehru Cup.
- P. R. Sreejesh made it to the Junior national team in 2004 and played his first match against Australia held in Perth. In 2006, Sreejesh became part of the senior national team playing his debut match at the 2006 South Asian Games in Colombo.
- During the initial phase of his career, Sreejesh did not perform extraordinarily good and was made to sit in the stands as a substitute player. He came into the limelight after he made a historic defence of a penalty stroke against Pakistan in the 2011 Asian Champions Trophy Final.
- P. R. Sreejesh played a vital role in making India win at the Asia Cup of 2013. His outstanding performance as a goalkeeper also earned him the title of “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament'” 2013 Asia Cup, Malaysia.
- In 2014, Sreejesh’s presence of mind and activeness in the field helped the Indian hockey team to earn a gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games. Sreejesh was honoured with the “Goalkeeper of the Tournament” 2014 Champions Trophy, India after the tournament.
- On 13th July 2016, P. R. Sreejesh was appointed as the captain of the Indian Hockey Team. India played several international tournaments including the 2016 Rio Olympics under his leadership. The Indian team made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics, which was a great achievement for the Indian hockey team. Under his captaincy, Indian team won a silver medal in the 2016 Champions Trophy, but due to his under average performance as a goalkeeper in the team he was replaced by Manpreet Singh for the upcoming tournaments.
- In 2018, he again proved his efficiency on the field by directing India to a silver medal in Breda Champions Trophy and a bronze medal in the Jakarta Asian Games.
- P. R. Sreejesh also played a long career as a club player. He was bought by Mumbai Magicians for US$38,000 and played for Mumbai Magicians from 2013 to 2015 in Hockey India League matches. Next, he played for UP Wizards for US$69,000 in 2015.
- In 2018, P. R. Sreejesh suffered from ACL, MCL, and meniscus injuries on his right knee, for which he had to stay away from the field for a duration of more than eight months and he even had to learn how to walk again. Sreejesh made his comeback on the field when he travelled to New Zealand for a four-nation test series.
- In 2021, P. R. Sreejesh lead team India to win a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under his leadership. This is the first medal after 1980 to be won by the Indian hockey team at any Olympic tournament.
- A road in Sreejesh’s town is named after him for his contribution to Indian Hockey.
- P. R. Sreejesh loves reading books in his leisure time.
- P. R. Sreejesh has walked the runway as a model for many clothing brands.