Former Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh announces his retirement
The former captain of the Indian team, Sardar Singh, has announced his retirement from international hockey. The legend said that he came to the decision after India failed to defend their gold in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Sardar has made over 350 appearances for the country and was also the captain for eight years. Further details follow.
The comments made by the legend on his retirement
Singh, 32, said, "I have played enough hockey in my career. 12 years is a long time. Now it's time for the future generation to take over." He further added that he has taken the decision after consulting with his family, his friends, and Hockey India. He thinks that the time has come for him to think about his life beyond hockey.
Why this sudden announcement?
Sardar Singh, during the Asian Games, had said that he wished to continue playing for India till 2020 Olympics. However, speculations are that the veteran decided to call it quits after his name was excluded from the list of 25 players who have been called for the national camp. When asked about the exclusion, Singh avoided the question.
The numerous achievements of the legend
Singh won silver in 2010 Delhi and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He has two Asia Cup gold medals under his belt, won in 2007 (Chennai) and 2017 (Dhaka). Singh, with the Indian team, won gold in the 2014 Asian Games hosted by South Korea. The team also clinched bronze in 2010 and 2018 Asian Games held in Guangzhou and Jakarta respectively.