SARDAR SINGH

  • Yearender: A year of development for Indian hockey 2 days ago

    Indian men's hockey took giant strides towards reclaiming its long-lost numero uno position with an Asian Games gold, after a 16-year drought, and several memorable victories, but the momentum was marred by an untimely and poorly handled resignation of chief coach Terry Walsh. There was a gloomy start to the year...
  • We had a good chance in Champions Trophy: Sardar Singh December 18, 2014

    Captain of the Indian hockey team, Sardar Singh feels that India had a good chance of winning the Champions Trophy but their aim was to acquire Olympic qualification and win an Asiad gold. ...
  • Champions Trophy: India fail to win bronze, lose 2-1 to Australia December 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: India's wait for their second FIH Men's Champions Trophy medal extended further here on Sunday as they lost 2-1 to Australia in the bronze-medal playoff to finish fourth in the final team standings. Australia played a controlled game, but India were themselves to be blamed as their forwards, especially...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, Champions Trophy, bronze playoff December 14, 2014

    For Live updates scroll down to bottom of the page In a heartbreak for Indian fans, Sardar Singh & Co. lost to Pakistan on Saturday. India will play Australia in a bronze-medal playoff after the defending champions lost the first semi-final to Germany 2-3. Interestingly the two bottom-ranked teams from the pool...
  • Champions Trophy: Pakistan celebrate India win with obscene gestures, escape action December 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan may have won the semi-final against India, but they surely have not won Indian hearts as they celebrated their win in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday with obscene gestures, including finger salutes, directed towards Indian players and the fans. All Pakistan players took their shirts off...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: Pakistan break Indian hearts with a 4-3 semi-final win December 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A hugely anticipated day ended in a heartbreak for Indian fans here as Pakistan knocked India out of the title race at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday with a 4-3 win. India will now play Australia in a bronze-medal playoff after the defending champions lost the first semi-final...
  • As it happened: India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy Semi-final December 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar hasn't seen anything as big as this - India vs Pakistan in one of the elite international hockey tournaments - FIH Men's Champions Trophy. PREVIEW: India have never been in a Champions Trophy final, and a win on Saturday will not only assure them a second medal in the tournament's...
  • India vs Pakistan: Sparks set to fly in Champions Trophy semi-final December 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar is a little surprised. There's unusual buzz in the Odisha capital for the past week - something the city has never witnessed. Queues outside a sports stadium is not routine at a place that sees long lines only for entry into its ancient temples. It certainly has been out...
  • India in Champions Trophy hockey semi-final after beating Netherlands December 12, 2014

    India defeated Netherlands 3-2 in the quarter-final to set up the semi-final clash with arch rivals Pakistan. ...
  • Champions Trophy Tour Diary, Day 3: India in semis, what else to ask for December 12, 2014

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy hockey tournament) Bhubaneswar: An out-and-out working day in Bhubaneswar with four quarter-finals lined up, so not much to savour in terms of city tours. Work took centre stage, and quite rightly so. It was a lazy morning to start...
  • Hockey: India down Belgium to set up Pakistan semifinal in Champions Trophy December 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Breathtaking hockey at the Kalinga Stadium followed ecstatic scenes on and off the pitch as India came from behind to beat world No. 4 Belgium in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Thursday to set up a date with arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals. It was Indian resilience that came...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: India hope to savour Belgian cuisine in the quarters December 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar A victory over the Netherlands after 28 years in the champions Trophy is extra special. And though a quarter-final win over Belgium should not count as unexpected, it will be an achievement for India on current form. The absence of Terry Walsh showing in the two defeats against Germany and...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: Slippery Bhubaneswar turf a concern ahead of quarters December 10, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Quality of hockey apart, the turf here at the Kalinga Stadium has been bit of a worry for teams ahead of the knockout stage that begins with the quarter-finals on Thursday. Players slipping, especially while attempting a slap push or a pass on the run, has been a common sight...
  • Coaches unhappy with eight-team format in Champions Trophy December 10, 2014

    The new format of the men's Champions Trophy hockey competed by eight countries on Wednesday came in for criticism from the coaches of the participating teams who all feel that the current system was "unfair" and want to return to the old six-team format. Till 2010, six best teams of the...
  • Champions Trophy: Nobody expected us to win against Holland, says Oltmans December 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: His native country ended up on the losing side on Tuesday, but India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans was a relieved man after the hosts stunned the Netherlands 3-2 in a Pool B match of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament here. He said what went in India's favour was...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: India upset Netherlands to set up Belgium quarter-final December 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A resurgent India on Tuesday surprised London Olympics silver medallists Netherlands to register their first win of the FIH Men's Champions Trophy here and set up a quarter-final date with Belgium. After the first 30 minutes failed to produce a goal, the next 30 threw up as many as five...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: the complete quarter-final line-up December 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The FIH Men's Champions Trophy being played here will see India take on the red army of Belgium in the quarter-finals that were decided on Tuesday after the pool stage came to a close with the hosts registering their first win of the tournament - 3-2 against the Netherlands. The...
  • Determined to put our best show on Tuesday: V R Raghunath December 8, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Bruised and battered by back-to-back defeats in the Champions Trophy hockey, India's experienced drag-flicker V R Raghunath said the hosts are keen to put up their "best show" in their last Pool B tie against World Cup silver medallist the Netherlands on Tuesday. After the narrow 0-1 loss against Olympic...
  • As it happened: India vs Germany, Champions Trophy hockey December 6, 2014

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) If you glance through the FIH rankings, it appears tough for India and Pakistan, the two Asian representatives for the Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar, to put it across their six opponents - all ranked above them. But in India's case,...
  • Champions Trophy: Tough but not impossible for 'dark horse' India December 6, 2014

    If you glance through the FIH rankings, it appears tough for India and Pakistan, the two Asian representatives for the Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar, to put it across their six opponents - all ranked above them. But in India's case, recent results make them serious contenders to end Asia's 20-year...
  • India well-prepared for Champions Trophy, says Roelant Oltmans December 5, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans believes that his wards are well-prepared to take on Olympic champions Germany in the Champions Trophy lung opener, here on Saturday. India are placed in a tough Pool B in the elite eight-nation tournament alongside Germany, Netherlands and Argentina. "The mood in the team is...
  • India begin hunt for maiden Champions Trophy hockey title December 5, 2014

    The Temple City of Bhubaneswar will host the eight-team Champions Trophy, with the Sardar Singh-led India hoping to break the jinx in the tournament's 35th edition. ...
  • Sardar Singh, James Rodriguez join Tiger Woods as Hero MotoCorp brand ambassadors December 5, 2014

    The two-wheeler giant continues to add to its brand power with top names from the sporting world as its ambassadors, including India hockey captain Sardar Singh. ...
  • Can India build on the CWG and Asiad momentum at Champions Trophy? December 3, 2014

    With a rare success of three medals in a row at major sporting events beckoning Indian hockey, Bhubaneswar will become the epicentre of hockey fans in the country once the Champions Trophy begins December 6 in the Temple City of India. The Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games...
  • Champions Trophy: Indian hockey team preparing hard for German challenge November 29, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Indian hockey team is training hard for their Champions Trophy opener against Germany here on December 6. The team was seen practicing on Saturday on a brand new pitch 2 of the Kalinga Stadium. Under Roelant Oltmans' guidance, the time was busy fine-tuning its skills ahead of the crucial...
  • HIL's top pick Tom Boon draws inspiration from Sardar Singh, Jamie Dwyer November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Surprised to emerge as the costliest player ever of the Hockey India League (HIL), Belgian forward Tom Boon says besides his family he has always looked upto India captain Sardar Singh, Australian great Jamie Dwyer and Dutch legend Teun de Nooijer for inspiration. Boon, who was born in a...
  • Indicator of progress will be win vs Australia in Champions Trophy: Roelant Oltmans November 11, 2014

    Indian hockey's high performance director Roelant Oltmans says the team's series win over Australia is a positive sign but repeating the feat against the World Champions in the upcoming Champions Trophy will determine the squad's progress. "It is surely a positive result for the team. Everyone in the world including Australia...
  • Victorious Indian hockey team returns home November 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian men's hockey team that stunned world champions Australia 3-1 in a Test series returned home to a rousing reception by Hockey India (HI) and fans on Tuesday. The Sardar Singh-led team put up stupendous show after losing the first test. It was second big achievement for the side...
  • India's hockey heroes back home after a series win in Australia November 11, 2014

    A jubilant unit returned home from Australia on the back of a historic Test series win against the defending world champions. ...