Sardar Singh, the captain of Indian senior hockey team, has a dream that he wants to retire in 2018 with a back-to-back gold in the Asian Games.
He was already the captain of gold medal winning Indian team in the Incheon Asian Games last year. Speaking on the issue, Sardar said on Saturday, “Initially I thought of retiring from the game after returning from Rio Olympics next year. But later my would-be wife had advised me to continue for three more years and retire after making the history.”
Till now none of the Indian captains has this rare achievement of two consecutive gold medals in the Asian Games so far. But at the same time, Indian skipper who has been now busy in training with the national team in New Delhi before Indian team leaves India on 28th September for New Zealand reminded that it will be not easy to maintain the fitness till 2018. Sardar Singh is now 29 years old.
The country’s one of the best midfielders clarified saying, “It is extremely tough to carry on with the same fitness I have now till 2018. And I should not also expect to get into the squad if I fail to prove my fitness and the performance level in future. So, now this has been a new challenge for me.”
Commenting on Indian team’s chances in the forthcoming Hockey World League final in November, to be held in India, Sardar explained, “we still lack in converting penalty corners as well as we have still some deficiency in defending one equal to two in any match when the opposition team launches counter attacks. So, these things are to be rectified.”
And simultaneously, asked about the suspension on Gurbaj Singh, Indian captain quipped, “I should not comment on Gurbaj. But I can say that he is experienced and his technical ability will help India in in the forthcoming tournaments.”