Mamta Kharab (born 26 January 1982, Rohtak, Haryana ) is the former captain of the Indian women’s hockey team. During the 2002 Commonwealth Games, she scored the winning goal which gave India the Gold. She also served as the model for the character of Komal Chautala in the 2007 Bollywood hit, Chak De India.Now she is working in Haryana police as a Deputy Supritendent of Police. She is a recipient of the Arjuna Award.
Known as ‘golden girl’ of Indian women hockey team, Mamta Kharab was born on 26 January 1982. She was declared the best player and the best scorer in the Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament held in Malayasia, where India won the bronze medal. She has also played a leading role in India’s victory in the Common Wealth Games held in Manchester in 2002.
She scored the Golden Goal in the final against England in which India won the gold medal after 32 years.
Mamta’s native village is Givan in Rohtak district of Haryana.She did her schooling from Senior Secondary School Rohtak, Haryana. Her parents Kamla and Haripal reside in Model Town area, Rohtak.
Mamta’s two sisters Poonam and Sushma have also played hockey at the national level. Sushma like Mamta, is still playing for the Railways.
Mamta’s father Haripal Singh is a primary teacher and is posted in the village Bidhlan of the Bhiwani district.
Born in a lower-middle-class family where her school teacher father had six other children to feed, Mamta Kharab’s rise is an example of the struggle that women in Haryana have to make to realise their sporting ambitions
Ms. Mamta Kharab is a graduate from MD University, Rohtak. She has played a number of National and International Hockey matches/championships for India. Her sports achievements as per certificate given by Indian Women’s Hockey Federation are as under:-
1999 National (U-21) Tournament, New Jersey, USA, 1st Place.
2000 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Milton Keynes, England
2000 3rd Junior Asia Cup, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bronze Medal
2000 U-18 AHF Cup, Hong Kong, China, Gold Medal
2001 Test Matches in Australia
2001 4th Junior World Cup, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2001 10th Women’s World Cup Qualification Tournament, France
2002 1st Championship Challenge Trophy, Johannesburg, South Africa, Bronze Medal
2002 4-Nations hockey Tournament, Manchester (England) 2nd place
2002 10th Women’s World Cup Qualifying play off matches in England against USA
2002 17th Commonwealth Games, Manchester, England, Gold Medal
2004 5th Asia Cup, New Delhi, Gold Medal
2004 Test Matches in New Zealand
2005 Training-cum-competition, Adelaide, Australia, 1 March to 2 April 2005
2005 5th KT Cup International Tournament, Seongnam, Korea, 7-17 June 2005
2005 4 Nation Tournament, New Delhi 1-8 October 2005 Silver Medal
2005 7th Indira Gandhi International Gold Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament, New Delhi 1-8 October 2005 Silver Medal
2006 18th Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia, Silver Medal
Moreover, she was declared Best Player of the Tournament and Best Scorer of the Tournament in the Junior Asia Cup, in Malaysia in 2000. Above all, keeping in view her best performance in hockey, the Haryana Government decorated her with prestigious awards: “Bhim Award” and Government of India with “Arjun Award” in 2003.
Mamta Kharab is a young, dynamic and versatile hockey player who is leading the Indian Women Hockey Team. As is evident from her sports achievements mentioned above, she played a number of matches and won bronze, silver and gold medals and was decorated with prestigious Bhim and Arjun Awards.