Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh is an Indian field hockey player.He is currently the Captain and Goalkeeper of the Indian national team. In the Hockey India League, he plays for Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Early life

Sreejesh was born May 8, 1986, in Kizhakkambalam village, in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, to P. V. Raveendran and Usha, a family of farmers. He completed his primary education in St. Antony’s Lower Primary School in Kizhakkambalam and he studied until sixth standard in St. Joseph High School in Kizhakkambalam. As a kid, he trained as a sprinter, before moving on to long jump and volleyball. At 12, he joined the GV Raja Sports School in Thiruvananthapuram. This was where his coach suggested that he take up goalkeeping. He became a professional after he was picked by hockey coaches Jayakumar and Ramesh Kolappa at the school, following which he played at the school before playing at the Nehru Cup. He completed his graduation in History from Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala.


International career

Sreejesh made the Junior national team in 2004, in a match against Australia in Perth, in 2004. He made his debut in the senior national team in 2006, at the South Asian Games in Colombo. Following India’s win at the 2008 Junior Asia Cup, he was awarded the ‘Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament’. Having been a part of the Indian team for six years, though often losing his place to senior goalkeepers, Adrian D’Souza and Bharat Chettri, he has been a regular member since 2011, after saving two penalty stroke in the Asian Champions Trophy Final in Ordos City, China, against Pakistan, a match-winning performance. His second ‘Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ award came at the 2013 Asia Cup, with India finishing second in the tournament. He was a part of the team that won silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sreejesh had earlier played for India at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and then World Cup in 2014. At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, he starred in Indian’s gold medal win, when he saved two penalty strokes against Pakistan in the final. At the 2014 Champions Trophy, he was adjudged “Goalkeeper of the Tournament”. Following impressive performances in 2014, he was nominated for the award of Best Male Goalkeeper; he eventually lost to Jaap Stockmann of the Netherlands. He was the captain of the team that won the silver medal at the 2016 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy held at London.

On 13 Jul 2016, Sreejesh was given the responsibilities of the Captain of the Indian hockey team, taking over from Sardar Singh.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Sreejesh led the Indian hockey team to the quarterfinals of the tournament .

Club career

At the auction of the inaugural season of the Hockey India League, Sreejesh was bought by the Mumbai franchise for US$38,000. He played two seasons for their team, Mumbai Magicians. In 2014, he was bought by Uttar Pradesh Wizards for US$69,000 and since the 2015 season, has been playing for them.

Personal life

Sreejesh is married to Aneeshya, a former long jumper and an Ayurveda doctor. They have a daughter (b. 2014) Anusree. He is currently employed as Chief Sports Organiser with the Kerala government’s education department .