Sardara SinghÃ‚Â is anÃ‚Â IndianÃ‚Â professionalÃ‚Â field hockeyÃ‚Â player. He is the current captain of theÃ‚Â Indian national teamÃ‚Â and usually plays the center half position. Sardara became the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at theÃ‚Â 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.Ã‚Â He was awardedÃ‚Â Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
Sardara Singh was born to Gurnam Singh on 15th July 1986 in Santnagar in Rania Tehsil Sirsa District of Haryana. His brother Didar Singh also plays Hockey for Haryana team and Chandigarh Dynamos Team. Sardara Singh grew up in modest circumstances. His mother tried to convince him to leaveÃ‚Â hockey as the cost forÃ‚Â hockeyÃ‚Â shoes was prohibitively expensive but it was his familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guru, Jagjit Singh who helped Sardara Singh to get admitted to aÃ‚Â hockeyÃ‚Â academy in Ludhiana.
Sardar Singh made his debut for India in the junior team during India’s 2003-04 tour ofÃ‚Â Poland. He made his senior debut againstÃ‚Â PakistanÃ‚Â in 2006.Ã‚Â He also plays for his native state ofÃ‚Â Haryana. He is aÃ‚Â Deputy SuperintendentÃ‚Â Police Officer with theÃ‚Â Haryana PoliceÃ‚Â and plays for their team.Ã‚Â Singh played forÃ‚Â Chandigarh DynamosÃ‚Â in the inaugural season of theÃ‚Â Premier Hockey LeagueÃ‚Â in 2005. He played forÃ‚Â Hyderabad Sultansin the next three seasons till 2008, captaining the side.
In 2010, he was included in the 18-men FIH All-Star team.Ã‚Â In the same year, Singh was signed by the Belgian club, KHC Leuven to play in the Belgian Hockey League.Ã‚Â Following Singh’s impressive showing at the2013 Asia Cup, he was signed by the Dutch club,Ã‚Â HC BloemendaalÃ‚Â as a replacement toÃ‚Â Teun de Nooijer.
Hockey India League
Sardar Singh became the highest-paid marquee player at the inaugural Hockey India LeagueÃ‚Â auctions as theÃ‚Â DelhiÃ‚Â franchise bought him for USD 78,000 (Rs 42.49 lakh). The Delhi team was namedÃ‚Â Delhi Waveriders. He captained his side to a second-place finish in its inaugural season and was awarded the ‘Player of the Tournament.
- Awarded ‘Player of Tournament’ in theÃ‚Â 2012 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won the Bronze.
- He was adjudged theÃ‚Â Player of the TournamentÃ‚Â in theÃ‚Â 2012 Summer Olympics Qualifiers, where India won the Gold.
- He was adjudged theÃ‚Â Player of the TournamentÃ‚Â in theÃ‚Â 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won the Gold.
- He participated in SAF Games at Colombo & 7thÃ‚Â Junior Challenge OpenÃ‚Â Men’s at Poland 2006 and scored 2nd position.
- He participated inÃ‚Â BDO Hockey Champions ChallengeÃ‚Â at Belgium 2007 and got Bronze Medal.
- He participated inÃ‚Â Four Nations International TournamentÃ‚Â at Germany and the team scored Bronze Medal.
- He also participated in Four Nations Hockey Tournament at Lahore and the team win Silver Medal.
- He participated inÃ‚Â Hockey Asia CupÃ‚Â at Chennai 2007 and the team grabbed Gold Medal.