Sardar Singh, who recently announced his retirement, revealed that Sachin Tendulkar had motivated him to make a comeback after he was ignored by Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2018 in Australia. Addressing the media on Saturday, after his retirement, Sardar recalled: "When I was released from the CWG, I called Sachin Paaji, I was very distressed, I asked him what he used to do when he scored 0. He overwhelmed me and said that people criticized his bad performance very much, he talked to me for a long time and told me that I forgot all the criticisms, analyzed my performance watching old videos and playing his natural game, it has helped me a lot in the last four to five months ".
Calling Sachin his inspiration, Sardar said his talk with the master blaster helped him recover and rejuvenated his confidence.
In July, Sardar had led the Indian hockey team to a historic silver after losing to the powerful of Australia in the final of the Champions Trophy in Breda, The Netherlands, through a 3-1 penalty shoot-out.
Commenting on his retirement, the 32-year-old said it was a difficult decision. He said: "I made this decision after consulting with my coaches, high-level players, family and friends, I will miss the costumes and the time I spent with the team, but it had to happen one day, it's time to spend time with my family. A special thanks to everyone for their support. "
Asked what match was memorable to him, Sardar replied: "There are so many of them, in CWG and in the World Cup." We lost to England in the 2012 Champions Trophy. But, it was the best tournament for me. I learned a lot."
He credited the president of the Indian Olympic Association, Narinder Batra, for reviving Indian hockey and praised the professional attitude of his teammates by playing games without fear.
Recognizing that the entry of foreign coaches such as Roelant Oltmans and Barry Dancer had an impact on the physical shape of the Indian hockey team, Sardar said: "After they arrived, our physical condition and performance improved dramatically. Now they are very competitive in all the tournaments. "
Asked about the disastrous performance of India in this year's Asian Games, the hockey star replied: "It's part of the game, we were well prepared, we had training sessions, unfortunately, we could not count. . "
The Indian hockey team had a mediocre performance in the Asian Games and had to settle for a bronze, after defeating archrival Pakistan 2-1 in the match.
The former captain thought he left the team in good shape and added that the team has to address some concerns to be contenders for the medal in the big tournaments.
Sardar went on to say that he will play in European leagues and join the best foreign clubs to bring good coaches to the Indian hockey team.
Born from the family of a humble farmer in the Sirsa district of Haryana, Sardar played his first international match with the national youth team during the 2003-04 Indian tour of Poland. He made his senior debut in India in 2006 against Pakistan in the bilateral series and also led the Indian team in the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
He was awarded as a tournament player in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012, the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In 2010, Sardar was included in the 2010 and 2011 FIH All-Star Team and won the Asian Men's Player of the Year. Year 2012.
The 32-year-old received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2017 and previously received the Padma Shri in 2015. He currently works with the Haryana Police as Deputy Superintendent.