Sardar Singh, for the past few years has captained the Indian Hockey team in a way that befits his name. It was under his able leadership that India won the 2014 Asian Games gold medal after a long hiatus (16 years) and directly qualified for Rio Olympics, 2016. Recently played his 200th international match for India, it won’t be a hyperbole to say that he has been “the wall” of the Indian hockey team. Besides his imposing physique, the man does what his name stands for. Sardar, which literally means ‘Chief’, is the one who is the leader of a unit, one who leads by example.
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The hard-work finally paid off when he made his senior debut against Pakistan in 2006. Slowly gaining ground and needing experience, the big break arrived when he was named the youngest ever captain in 2008 for the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament.
Starting his journey under his brother’s guidance, he enrolled himself in a hockey academy at a very tender age. Unable to cope with the strict training schedule of the game, he twice quit hockey only to be cajoled back by his mother.
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Since then Sardar has achieved almost everything that a hockey player dreams of. Starting from a bronze medal in Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament in 2006 held at Malaysia to two consecutive silver medals in the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014, he has amassed many accolades for India. He is a true 'Sardar' which every team wants and looks for. Under his charismatic leadership, Indian hockey promises to touch great milestones in the coming years. The added responsibility of captaincy hasn't marred his performance, in fact it has spurred him to achieve great heights. He is now considered one of the world's best playmakers. He has led by example and with an aura of humility.
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