Sardara Singh

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Sardara Singh
Indian hockey team captain saradara singh with other players at kalinga stadium.JPG
Personal information
Born (1986-07-15) 15 July 1986 (age 30)
Santnagar, Rania Tehsil
Sirsa, India
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Halfback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Chandigarh Dynamos
2006–2008 Hyderabad Sultans
2011 KHC Leuven
2013–2015 Delhi Waveriders 14 (0)
2013–present HC Bloemendaal 0 (0)
National team
2006–present India 191 (13)
Last updated on: 7 December 2015

Sardara Singh (born 15 July 1986 in Rania) sometimes referred as Sardar Singh, is an Indian professional field hockey player. 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.[2] He usually plays the center half position.[3] Sardara became the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.[4] He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.[5] On 13 Jul 2016, the responsibilities of the captain were handed over from him to P. R. Shreejesh, the goalkeeper of Indian Team.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] In the same year, Singh was signed by the Belgian club, KHC Leuven to play in the Belgian Hockey League.[10] In 2011, he was again named on the FIH All-Star team.[11] 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.[12]

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

Hockey India League[edit]

Sardar Singh became the highest-paid marquee player at the inaugural Hockey India League auctions as the Delhi franchise bought him for USD 78,000 (42.49 lakh). The Delhi team was named Delhi Waveriders.[13] He captained his side to finish on second place in its inaugural season and was awarded the 'Player of the Tournament.'[14]

Indian hockey team captain Saradara Singh at Kalinga stadium celebrating after victory over netherland



  1. ^ "CWG Melbourne: Player's Profile". 
  2. ^ P Sreejesh named captain The Hindu, Jul 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Sardara Singh strikes form The Hindu, Mar 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "Sardar Singh named captain, Pargat is manager of Indian hockey team". oneindia. 7 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sardar Singh is no longer king of Indian hockey 2016". Indian Express. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Meet the heroes of Hockey". Men's Health. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Appointment of Sh. Sardar Singh as DSP in Haryana Police". Haryana Police. 
  9. ^ "Hyderabad Sultans reach semi-finals". Rediff. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Sardara to play in Belgian Hockey League". The Times of India. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Glasgow 2014 – Sardar Singh Profile". Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  12. ^ "Sardar Singh joins Europe's iconic hockey club HC Bloemendaal". NDTV. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hockey India League Auction: the final squads list". 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Ranchi Rhinos crowned HIL champions". The Hindu. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "New Zealand beat Argentina to win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament". Jagran Josh. 4 June 2012.