Inframe : Sardar Singh

Former captain Sardar Singh who was recently included in the 13-member Hockey India selection committee, said he is always eager to serve the Indian hockey.

“It’s a completely different challenge and an exciting one. All these years I served as a player now I got the opportunity to serve from the other side of the table.”

The selection committee also includes Harbinder Singh, Syed Ali, A B Subbaiah, R P Singh, Rajnish Mishra, Joydeep Kaur, Surender Kaur, Asunta Lakra, High Performance Director David John and chief coaches of the senior men’s and women’s teams.

Sardar having been on the other side of the pitch just a few months back, very well knows what it takes to build a team and pointed out that any day he would prefer experience over youth.

“I have been player for the past two decades and I know what is important for a team. Youth can never replace experience. What I feel is that any good team is a balance of youth and experience.” Sardar said

“As a selector my approach would be the same. I would always vouch for experience but at the same time will like to see good youngsters in the team.

India needs experienced players like P R Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and S V Sunil to guide the youngsters till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.” said Sardar Singh

Sardar is also working on numerous personal projects like his upcoming academy in Haryana and also an NGO. To add to it, he also has a few offers lined up to play in European leagues.