Captain Sardar and Coach van Ass looking for boost with new game plan

The Indian Men Hockey team is practicing for the Fintro FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals and is gearing up for the upcoming challenge. Placed in the Pool A of the tournament the team will be seen clashing against Australia, Pakistan, France and Poland and will be aiming the Top 2 position in the Pool phase.

Indian Hockey team Captain Sardar Singh during a practice session

Indian Hockey team Captain Sardar Singh during a practice session

The team is looking forward to their matches against both Australia and Pakistan wherein with the former the Indian boys have proved to be dominant team in the recent clashes and with the latter the team will be looking at settling scores.

Speaking on the tournament and the challenges, Captain Sardar Singh said “The team is shaping out well in the last few practice sessions. Our new game plan of 10 attacking and 10 defending gives the extra boost to the mid-field position, as this will help in countering the counter attacks from the opponents. We are even working on our speed as we realize that this new strategy will work in our favor only if we keep pace with each other and not miss the vital passes. Continue reading →

Hockey India send recommendations for Arjuna Awards, Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Hockey India today recommended players for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award 2015. Sardar Singh has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards. For the Arjuna Awards Hockey India has recommended Danish Mujtaba, Dharamvir Singh, VR Raghunath, P R Sreejesh, and SV Sunil while in the women category the recommendation has gone for Asunta Lakra, Deepika, Rani, Ritu Rani, Sushila Chanu and Vandana Katariya.

Sardar Singh in action against Australia in practice match before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar (India)

File Photo: Sardar Singh in action against Australia in practice match before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar (India)

Speaking on the recommendations, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “The players that we have recommended for the Awards have proved themselves on the field through their play and through their representation in the National Teams have made India proud. They have won India accolades on the International platform and I am confident that India will stand up and give them their due credit by bestowing them with the awards that they so rightly deserve. Being bestowed with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna or an Arjuna Award is each players dream and they all work extremely hard for this national recognition.” Continue reading →

Former India Women Captain Saba Anjum receives the Padma Shri Award

Bringing another laurel for Indian hockey, the former India Women Captain Saba Anjum today received one of the most prestigious national honours – Padma Shri Award – from Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 08.

Former Indian Women Hockey Captain Saba Anjum receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Former Indian Women Hockey Captain Saba Anjum receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Indian Men Hockey Captain Sardar Singh received his Padma Shri Award last week from Honourable President of India. Both Sardar as well as Saba Anjum were even conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Both the awardees have to their credit of brining laurels to the country for their contribution on the field and even guiding their teams to victories. Continue reading →

Sardar Singh received Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee

Bringing another laurel to Indian hockey, India Men Hockey Team captain Sardar Singh as well as the former captain for the India Women Team, Saba Anjum today received the fourth highest civilian award of India– Padma Shri Award – by the Government of India. Join us in congratulating them for the Padma Shri Awards.

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Sardar Singh, the captain of Indian Men’s Hockey Team, received the award from the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi today. Sardar Singh and co along with Indian Women Hockey team were felicitated by Hockey India on Saturday at a grand ceremony “Hockey India Annual Awards” for their achievements in 2014.

A delighted and proud Captain Sardar Singh said, “It is a great honour for me and I would take this opportunity to thank Hockey India for giving me the support which boosted my morale. Also, I must give credit of my success to the coaches, who have guided me and tirelessly worked with me during my journey in hockey. I am proud to have been received this award and will work harder to get more laurels for Indian Hockey. Continue reading →

Congratulations Sardar Singh and Saba Anjum for Padma Shri Awards

Bringing another laurel to Indian hockey, India Men Hockey Team captain Sardar Singh as well as the former captain for the India Women Team, Saba Anjum will be conferred with one of the most prestigious national honours – Padma Shri Award – by the Government of India. Join us in congratulating them for the Padma Shri Awards.

Sardar Singh (Indian Hockey Captain)

Sardar Singh (Indian Hockey Captain)

Both Sardar as well as Saba Anjum were even conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Both the awardees have to their credit of brining laurels to the country for their contribution on the field and even guiding their teams to victories.

The 28-year-old midfielder Sardar has played a pivotal role for India and his skilful game which has even inspired the new generation of hockey players across the world. Sardar made his debut for the senior team against Pakistan in 2006 and since then he has played more than 200 international matches and has successfully contributed towards Indian hockey. Sardar is also the most sought player in the prestigious Hockey India League. Continue reading →

HIL Champions DELHI WAVERIDERS: ~ Rok Sako toh Rok Lo ~

The third season of The Hockey India League 2015 is all prepared to set the ground on fire. The DELHI WAVERIDERS team, the Delhi franchise in the HIL, defending champions & winners of the last season, are set to play with all energy & courage to retain the title.

Delhi Waveriders Captain Sardar Singh posing with Hockey India League trophy along with coach and team-mates

Delhi Waveriders Captain Sardar Singh posing with Hockey India League trophy along with coach and team-mates

In an event organized at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, the team appeared with a fresh vigour and spirit. Cedric D Souza, team’s chief coach, welcomed 4 new players, Andrew Hayward, Diwakar Ram and Erasmus Pieterse & Gurpreet Singh into the team and presented them with the team’s jersey. The coach also shared the strategies that the team will follow to retain the title yet again.

Under the captaincy of Captain Sardar Singh and trained by Cedric D Souza, the team is all set to create a thunder on the grounds, defeating their opponents with their weapons – the Hockey Sticks. Ajit Pal Singh, Arjuna & Padma Shree Awardee is the Chief Mentor to the DELHI WAVERIDERS team. Continue reading →