Wishes pour in for former hockey captain Sardar Singh after announcing retirement

first_imgWishes poured in for Sardar Singh, who retired from international hockey, with Hockey India calling him a “true ambassador of the game”.Sardar called time on his 12-year career on Wednesday after he was dropped from the national camp probables for the Asian Champions Trophy and the World Cup.”In the best and worst of times, Sardar Singh has exemplified steely determination. His qualities and dedication as a player makes him a true ambassador of the game,” Hockey India president Rajinder Singh said in a statement.”He has inspired an entire generation of youngsters with his performances and as captain. He led the team to one of the biggest victories at the 2014 Asian Games. He has been part of Indian hockey’s resurgence and elevation in world ranking,” he said.As veteran midfielder, @imsardarsingh8 of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team announced his retirement, join us in saying #ThankYouSardar for an inspirational career which gave us many memorable moments for Indian hockey fans to cherish.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/fMZiVoMA9cHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 14, 2018″His contribution to the sport will be cherished and Hockey India would like to congratulate him for his achievements and wish him the very best for his future endeavours.”READ – Goodbye Sardar SinghSardar formally announced his retirement Thursday at a press conference in Chandigarh, while saying that he is planning coach premier European club teams in near future.”After taking permission from Hockey India and Haryana government, I will start coaching. I am planning to work with clubs in premier European leagues,” Sardar, who has played in Dutch and German leagues, said.advertisementCaptain of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team, Sreejesh PR pays his tribute to Sardar Singh for his legendary career.#ThankYouSardar @imsardarsingh8 pic.twitter.com/UsptnzZaqlHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 14, 2018While there has been a demand for foreign coaches in Indian hockey, Sardar admitted that communication is a problem as not every player is fluent in English.READ – Sardar Singh retires”Definitely, communication gap does exist at times. During a match, the two minute break after each quarter is very crucial for he players and during this time, coach is to explain about his analysis of the game. When he (foreign coach) speaks in English, usually there not much time left for translation,” Sardar explained the practical difficulty.Midfielder of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team Manpreet Singh congratulates Sardar Singh on his inspirational career with the team and wishes him the best of luck for his future.#ThankYouSardar @imsardarsingh8 pic.twitter.com/43toiRgcgsHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 14, 2018Sardar also reiterated that he was not forced into retirement by anyone but admitted that the semi-final loss to Malaysia at the Asian Games was a trigger.”I had initially thought to play till 2020 Tokyo Games with the kind of fitness I have. But after losing this match (semi-final in Asian games), I talked to coaches and senior players and then I consulted my family members and decided on retirement. It was a tough call but it comes in every player’s life,” Sardar said.Asked about team’s semi-final loss at the Asiad, Sardar said:”Before going for the tournament (Asian Games), all players knew that this tournament was very important for them. We knew that semi-final was very important for us. But that particular day, we did not play up to the level at which started the tournament. We played poor hockey during dying moments of the game and it cost us dearly.”I have no doubt that @imsardarsingh8 has been the best hockey player for India in the last decade. You have made India proud Sardar. Thank you for the memories pic.twitter.com/UZfPaso91QViren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) September 12, 2018I have grown up watching the game of our legend Sardar Singh Pajji and he is also an inspiration for me. Heard about news of your retirement from International hockey. Your game will be missed by all of us. Good luck Pajji pic.twitter.com/jDIExuPse3Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) September 13, 2018An innings well played @imsardarsingh8 Paji – you has and will always going to be an inspiration, motivator to all of us. All the very best for your future planning #legend! #greathonour #HockeyFamily pic.twitter.com/nEB4dC9EDaManpreet Singh (@manpreetpawar07) September 14, 2018You are a legend…and always will be one … It’s always a great honour to play with you … Thanks a lot for the great memories brother @imsardarsingh8 pic.twitter.com/S2UPnJIe2csreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) September 13, 2018″No team or player wants to lose but it can happen with the best also. Lionel Messi has also missed spot-kicks,” said Sardar.advertisementConsidered a legend, Sardar has been part of India’s important feats in the past decade, having won silver medal at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, two Asia Cup Gold (in 2007 and 2017) and a silver (2013), gold at the 2014 Asian Games, bronze at the World League Final in Raipur 2015 and silver medal at the 2011 Champions Challenge.This year, he was part of the Indian team that won a silver medal at the FIH Champions Trophy in Breda and a bronze at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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