Sardar Singh: The Captain Made of Steel

  ‘Aya Aya Sardar Aya!’… Sardar Singh, the captain of Indian men’s field hockey team is the unquestionable leader of the Delhi based franchise team, the Delhi Waveriders in the Hero Hockey India League 2015. He is a usual player of the center-half position. Singh is the youngest Indian player to be the captain of the national field hockey team in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008. Originally named Sardara, the pride of the Waveriders is now called Sardar Singh. He was born in Rania, a small town in the Haryana state. He started his career as a junior player in the Poland tour of India during 2003-04. The DWR captain debuted as a senior player in 2006 against Pakistan and plays for his state team, Haryana. Being the Deputy Superintendent of Police under the Police department of Haryana, he also participates in their team matches. In 2005, the man of steel played for the team of Chandigarh Dynamos in the first season of Premier Hockey League 2005. For the next 3 years Singh played for the Hyderabad Sultans till 2008, as a captain. In 2010, KHC Leuven, a Belgian club, signed him to play in none other than Belgian Hockey League. Impressed by his performance at Asia Cup 2013, he was signed by the Dutch club, HC Bloemendaal. He was bestowed as “Player of Tournament” in Summer Olympics Qualifiers 2012 and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2010 helping India win gold at both the events. Sardar Singh has also been bestowed upon with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2012 after the conclusion of London Olympics. The Delhi Waveriders, the highest bid player, bought him for Rs. 42.49 lakhs during the first season of HHIL. Awarded as “Player of the Tournament” in HHIL 2013 following his lifting up of the HHIL 2014 trophy, he is currently eyeing to retain this position in the HHIL 3 too.

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