Indian hockey ace Sardar Singh called it a day after 12 glorious years following a third-place finish in the Asian Games after India failed to defend their title in a major upset. The 32-year-old made his way out suggesting it was time for the younger generation to come in and get their chance.
In the recent episode of India’s iconic television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), Sardar Singh made an appearance with the current hockey captain PR Sreejesh, former hockey captain was taken by surprise when host Amitabh Bachchan surprised him with a congratulatory message from Sachin Tendulkar.
The game was initially started with Ramandeep Singh and Armaan Qureshi on the hot seat, which followed by the pair of the former skipper and current skipper. Discussing his retirement, Amitabh Bachchan surprised Singh with a heart-warming message from Sachin Tendulkar.
“Sardar, congratulations to you on a wonderful career. I remember whenever we talked, you used to ask a lot of questions from me. But I used to notice the passion you had in you for hockey and the drive to do something for the country. I used to enjoy talking a lot with you. Passion is something which always takes us to a journey that when it ends, we look back and wonder how much has happened. Today we can proudly say that we have seen you playing hockey for so many years,” Tendulkar said.
“You were also the youngest captain at the age of 22. To play for 12 years is not easy. All the youngsters we have in our country today want to become Sardar Singh. It’s just a reflection of what you have been able to achieve for so many years. So a big congratulations to you. The first half of your life has come to an end. The second half has begun and I would convey my best wishes to you and your family. I will pray from god that your second innings is as good as your first innings,” he added.
Sardar was a livewire in the midfield during his 12-year stellar career during which he led India to Asian Games gold in Incheon (2014) besides two bronze medals in 2010 and 2018. He won two Commonwealth Games silver, a historic silver in the Champions Trophy (2018 Breda), two Asia Cup titles and numerous other trophies.