Name : Arjun Halappa
Caps : 223
Goals : 34
Arjun Halappa is the most experienced player in the current Indian team. Its great the midfield maestro got into the All Asian Games Star Team, along with five other Indians.
A steady schemer, Karnataka's Arjun is a play maker par excellence. India's fortune will depend much on his form, he hardly disappoint the trust he reposes in the team.
Dropped after Doha Asian Games, artistic Arjun Halappa was almost on the verge of making his comeback for the 2009 Argentina Test Series. However an injury kept him out till the Punjab Gold Cup. However, made his mark subsequently.
Arjun Halappa is a rare stick artistic, skilful and a match winner. More than the goals he scores on his own, he sets up for others to score
Son of former East Bengal Hockey Club player B.K. Halappa, Arjun joined the Centre of Excellence in 1998. Hails from Coorg. Played his first Senior Nationals at Hyderabad next year and was picked among the 72 probables for a conditioning camp. Made his Jr.internl debut in the Europe tour same year under coaches C.R. Kumar and Harendera. Posted eight goals in the 2000 Junior Asia Cup, including a brace in the semis. Scored vital goals at Hobart Jr. World Cup before earning senior spurs in coach Cedric D’Souza’s regime as a part of title winning Dhaka Prime Minister Gold Cup team. Since then cemented his place in the senior side.
Captained India for the Prince Taekemada Cup (Gifu, Japan) in 2004. Led Bangalore Lions to PHL titles. After brief stint in Canara Bank, joined Indian Airlines in 2002 after figuring in the KL World Cup.
His exclusion from the National side, despite a great show he showcased during the 2007-'08 PHL, was one of the hotly debated subject of the times.
Last International Appearance: 2010 Asian Games
Profile updated upto 31-12-2010 ie after the 2010 Asian Games