Dilip Tirkey

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-->Dilip Tirkey hailing from Sundargarh, Orissa is a former Indian hockey player and his playing position was of full back. He was best known for his penalty corner hit. Dilip was one of the most difficult defenders (because of his tight marking skill near goal post) to beat in the world. He was an ex-captain of Indian hockey team.

Personal life

Dilip Tirkey was born to Vincent Tirkey a former Oriya hockey player and Regina Tirkey on 25 November 1977. His twin younger brothers Anoop Tirkey and Ajit Tirkey play for Railways. He married to Meera Tirkey on 6 February 2006 and is a father of one son. He was appointed as the Deputy manager, Air India, Bhubaneswar in 1996.


He debuted in 1995 against England. He represented India in 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics and had a total of 412 international caps. He is the only Adivasi to represent three Olympics.

On 2 May 2010 he announced his retirement from international arena.

He declined to become a National selector on July 16, 2010, three days after he was offered the post by Indian Hockey Federation.

Awards and Honours


  • Included in the Junior World XI in 1997
  • Included in the Asian XI in 2002
  • Selected for World All-Star team in 2006
  • Selected for World All-Star team in 2007
  • Received the 2nd Ricoh Hockey Star of the Year Award in Bhubaneswar on July 6,......
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