-Hockey India congratulates the Captain on his achievement
New Delhi, 09 November 2014: At the ongoing test series against Australia, where India Men Hockey Team is giving tough competition to the host nation, another achievement was added to Indian Captain Sardar Singh’s credit, as he successfully played and completed his 200th match today. Sardar Singh, who made his debut in 2006 against Pakistan, is currently heading the national hockey team as the Captain and has brought many laurels for the national team and the country.
Congratulating Sardar Singh on his celebratory achievement, Hockey India’s Secretary General Md. Mushtaque Ahmad said, “Hockey India is extremely delighted for Sardar Singh’s achievement of 200 international matches. Since his debut, he has been an integral part of Indian team and always gives his best performance in matches at all levels. His journey from a keen learner to an inspirational skipper has seen many successes where he has played a vital role for the team. As a senior player and Captain, he is a hero and a mentor to whom young players would like to look up to and follow the footsteps. Hockey India takes utmost pride in congratulating Sardar on his accomplishment of 200 International Caps. We wish him all the best for the upcoming tournaments and hope to see him bringing more achievements for Team India.”
Playing as midfielder, Sardar Singh is known as one of the best hockey players in the world. Hailing from Haryana, Sardar played his first international match with the junior national team during India’s 2003-04 tour of Poland. He has participated in all international tournaments since 2006 and is also the youngest player to Captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Sardar was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the 2012 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, 2012 Summer Olympics Qualifiers and 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In 2010, Sardar was included in the 18-men FIH All-Star Team and won the Asian Men Player of the Year 2012.
Following his impressive showing at the 2013 Asia Cup, he was signed by the Dutch club, HC Bloemendaal to play in the Euro Hockey League. In the Hero Hockey India League, Sardar Singh captains Delhi Waveriders and led his team to win the Hero HIL in 2013.