Apart from his leadership skills, he is one of the best when it comes to showcasing his skills on the hockey turf as well. “He has got all the skills that are required in the sport – push shot, powers shot etc. He has got a very good game reading sense and runs excellently with the ball as well,” Halappa informed.
It is primarily his skills on the pitch that helped him to establish as one of India's best players and gain the prestigious AHF player of the year award apart from being the most expensive player in the inaugural edition of the Hockey India League. Halappa has had the experience of playing alongside him. “Sardar is even ready to listen to other players,” Halappa said.
So does the player fit into the league of players such as Dhanraj Pillay, Pargat Singh etc, who are considered to be the best players that India has ever produced in the list of Indian hockey legends? Halappa felt it is better that one does not compare these players as they are players from different generations. The game of hockey has also changed over the years. He added, “Sardar Singh is an excellent player. All players have different qualities. There should be no comparison. For instance, in football, you cannot compare Ronaldo with Messi.”
But his credentials as an Indian player have made him one of the most respected players of the current generation. The way he has been encouraging Indian youngsters and giving his best in various matches augur well for the growth of Indian hockey.
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