In 2008, Sardar Singh became the youngest man ever to captain the Indian National Men's hockey Team. Eight years later, the 29 year old has firmly established himself as one of the pillars of the team, despite not being named captain for the Rio Olympics.
Playing in the centre-half position, Sardar is the team's most key play-maker. And one who is immensely respected by the team. He is also hands down one of the fittest Indian athletes around. Interestingly, he also has quite a subtle sense of humour.
What made Sardar a successful captain was his man management skills, something that he seems to be quite adept at.
His list of achievements is a long one. He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah tournament where India won the gold. He has two Commonwealth Games silver medals, an Asian Games bronze medal and the biggest feather in his cap, the 2014 Asian Games gold medal. In 2010, Sardar was also included in the FIH's all-star team.
It wasn't a surprise then that he was the highest-paid marquee player at the inaugural Hockey India League auctions. The Delhi franchise bought him for Rs 42.49 lakh. He finished with the Player of the Tournament award.
The Padma Shri recipient, who is also an officer with the Haryana Police has made 119 appearances for the senior Men's National team and scored 13 goals. His next target of course is a medal at the Rio Olympics.