Former Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh Retires From International Hockey

| September 12 , 2018 , 18:13 IST

Former Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday has retired from International hockey for his country.

The veteran Indian player was a part of the squad in the recently concluded Asian Games 2018 where India won a bronze medal.

According to reports in media, Sardar Singh revealed, "I have played almost 12 years for the country and it’s a long time. Now it’s the time for the next generation to take over the baton".

Sardar also said that he made the decision after a disappointing Asian Games where India failed to defend its title and returned with a bronze medal.

With age and speed not on his side, Sardar’s performance in the Games came under the scanner.

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The 32-year-old Indian player further said, "Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. I have played enough hockey in my career. 12 years is a long time. Now it’s time for the future generation to take over."

"I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey," he added.

Sardar Singh also said, "I am fit to play good hockey for at least a couple of more years. But there is always a time to plan what is next for you. And I personally feel this is the best time to start thinking about new ventures".

"Hockey is an integral part of my life and will always remain important for me. The only thing is that now you will see me in a different role. I will continue representing my department Haryana Police and state in the domestic circuit".

However, he had a change of heart amid speculation that he was forced to retire after his name was dropped from the 25-strong core group of national campers announced by the Hockey India Wednesday.

The 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight long years from 2008 to 2016 before handing the responsibility to PR Sreejesh.

Sardar was also the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015. Sardar has represented India in two editions of Olympics.