Hockey Veteran Sardar Singh Says, Speaking To Sachin Tendulkar Inspired Me To Comeback

| September 15 , 2018 , 20:37 IST

Indian Hockey legend Sardar Singh on Saturday revealed that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar motivated him during a telephonic conversation to make a comeback in the national team after being snubbed from the India squad for Commonwealth Games 2018.

Sardar announced his international retirement on September 12th and eventually ended a glorious career of 12-year.

The former Indian hockey captain after being dropped from the CWG squad, Sardar returned for the Champions Trophy 2018 as India returned home with a historic silver medal.

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According to media reports, the 32-year-old revealed that he spoke with Tendulkar for 20 minutes during a tough phase where he was feeling low after being ignored.

Speaking to media Sardar Singh said, "Sachin paaji has been an inspiration for me. He helped me a lot in the last 3-4 months, which were tough, there has never been an occasion when he didn’t answer my call. After I was dropped from the CWG squad, I was very low and called Sachin paaji and asked him what he used to do when he scored 0".

Tendulkar advised the midfielder to watch his videos and stick to his natural game. "He counselled me for close to 20 minutes and advised me to forget about criticisms and stay motivated and focused. He told me to analyse my old videos, play my natural hockey and it helped me in bouncing back," he added.

Sardar Singh also revealed that he wanted to play 2020 Olympics but after failing to win gold at the Asian Games 2018, he changed his plan.

The 32-year-old added "Initially, I had planned to play till 2020 Olympics but after failing to win the Asiad gold, the entire plan changed. I faced a lot of hardships in life but day-by-day it was becoming difficult for me to think over my game. Every night thinking about the next day’s training about passes not going well started taking a toll on me mentally."