Sardara Singh (born 15 July 1986 in Rania), is an Indian professional field hockeyplayer. He was the captain of the Indian national team till Hockey India named senior goalkeeper P. R. Shreejesh as the captain of the national team for the Rio Olympics.He usually plays the center half position. Sardara became the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.On 13 Jul 2016, the responsibilities of the captain were handed over from him to P. R. Shreejesh, the goalkeeper of Indian Team.

Career

Sardara Singh made his debut for India in the junior team during India’s 2003–04 tour of Poland. He made his senior debut against Pakistan in 2006.He also plays for his native state of Haryana. He is a Deputy Superintendent Police Officer with the Haryana Police and plays for their team.Singh played for Chandigarh Dynamos in the inaugural season of the Premier Hockey League in 2005. He played for Hyderabad Sultans in the next three seasons till 2008, captaining the side.

His brother Didar Singh, a drag flick specialist also played for the Indian team, Haryana and Chandigarh Dynamos.

In 2010, he was included in the 18-men FIH All-Star team.In the same year, Singh was signed by the Belgian club, KHC Leuven to play in the Belgian Hockey League. In 2011, he was again named on the FIH All-Star team.Following Singh’s impressive showing at the 2013 Asia Cup, he was signed by the Dutch club, HC Bloemendaal as a replacement to Teun de Nooijer.

On 13 Jul 2016, the responsibilities of the captain were handed over from him to P. R. Shreejesh, the goalkeeper of Indian Team.

Achievements

  • Awarded ‘Player of Tournament’ in the 2012 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won the Bronze.
  • He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2012 Summer Olympics Qualifiers, where India won the Gold.
  • He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won the Gold.
  • He participated in Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in Malaysia in the year 2006 and the team won Bronze Medal.
  • He participated in SAF Games at Colombo in the year 2006 and the team scored 2nd position.
  • He participated in 7th Junior Challenge Open Men’s at Poland 2006 and scored 2nd position.
  • He participated in BDO Hockey Champions Challenge at Belgium 2007 and got Bronze Medal.
  • He participated in Commonwealth Games 2006 at Melbourne.
  • He participated in INDO-PAK series 2006.
  • He participated in Four Nations International Tournament 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 in Hockey Asia Cup at Chennai 2007 and the team grabbed Gold Medal.
  • He participated for India in Canada for the 7 game Test Series against the Canadian National Field Hockey Team