Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh Wednesday chose to call time on his career, saying he had sufficiently played over the last 12 years and now it’s the ideal opportunity for the youngsters to take control. Sardar said he settled on the choice after a baffling Asian Games where India neglected to defend its title and came back with a bronze. With age and speed not on his side, Sardar’s execution in the Games went under the scanner. “Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. 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,” Sardar told news office PTI.
“I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey,” he added.
Curiously, amid the Asian Games in Jakarta, Sardar said he wants to play one final Olympics in 2020 Tokyo.
Notwithstanding, he had a difference in heart in the midst of theory that he was compelled to resign after his name was dropped from the 25-in number center gathering of national campers reported by the Hockey India Wednesday.
Gotten some information about the dropping from the camp, Sardar avoided the inquiry and said he would formally report his retirement amid a question and answer session in the national capital on Friday.
Sardar made his senior introduction for India against Pakistan in 2006 and from that point forward he has been an imperative gear-tooth in the Indian group’s midfield.
The 32-year-old showed up for India and captained the national group for eight long a very long time from 2008 to 2016 preceding giving the obligation to PR Sreejesh.
Sardar was additionally the most youthful player to commander the Indian group when he drove the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He got the Arjuna grant in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015. Sardar lead India in two Olympics.
With age, he backed off a bit however Sardar still is considered as one of the fittest players in the Indian team.
“Fitness is not the reason behind my decision. I am fit enough to play hockey for some more years. But there is always a time for everything and I feel it’s time for me to move on in life,” he said.
Sardar was blamed for assault by an Indian-inception British lady, a charge which he energetically denied and was likewise given a spotless chit by the uncommon examination group of Ludhiana Police.