When it comes to sports, maximum times we all speak about cricket and football. It’s not our fault. After all this is what we have been observing since our childhood. Cricket is the only sport where people invest without any hesitation. But is that our national game? No. Hockey is our national game and I think that it should also be given the same treatment. We all know a lot of things about cricket stars but a very few things about hockey players.
Okay, one question. Do you know who is the present captain of our country’s hockey team? Maximum of us do not know him. He is “Sardara Singh“. Let’s know about him also.
- Sardara Singh was born on 15 July, 1986 in Rania, Haryana, India.
He made his debut for India in the junior team during India’s 2003-04 tours of Poland.
He made his senior debut in the match against Pakistan in 2006.
- He is a Deputy Superintendent Police Officer with the Haryana Police and also plays for their team.
- He became the highest paid marquee player at the inaugural Hockey India League auctions as the Delhi franchise bought him for USD 78,000. The Delhi team was named Delhi Wave riders. He was also awarded “Player of the Tournament” where he also captained this team.
- In 2010, he was included in the 18-men FIH All-Star team. In the same year, Singh was signed by the Belgian club, KHC Leuven to play in the Belgian Hockey League. Following Singh’s impressive showing at the 2013 Asia Cup, he was signed by the Dutch club, HC Bloomindale as a replacement to Teun de Nooijer.
- He was given the Arjuna Award by the government of India in 2012.
- Some of his other achievements are..
*Awarded ‘Player of Tournament’ in the 2012 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won the Bronze.
*He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2012 Summer Olympics Qualifiers, where India won the Gold.
*He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won the Gold.
*He participated in Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in Malaysia in the year 2006 and the team won Bronze Medal.
*He participated in SAF Games at Colombo in the year 2006 and the team scored 2nd position.
*He participated in 7th Junior Challenge Open Men’s at Poland 2006 and scored 2nd position.
*He participated in BDO Hockey Champions Challenge at Belgium 2007 and got Bronze Medal.
*He participated in Four Nations International Tournament at Germany and the team scored Bronze Medal.
*He also participated in Four Nations Hockey Tournament at Lahore and the team win Silver Medal.
*He participated in Hockey Asia Cup at Chennai 2007 and the team grabbed Gold Medal.