The Indian hockey team is up against Argentina in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 opener on Saturday March 3 in Malaysia. Sardar Singh is entrusted with the duties of leading India as they look to lift the trophy for the first time since 2010.
India shared the trophy with South Korea in 2010.
"It's a great feeling to captain the Indian team. I will try to give my best as only a good showing on the turf can make a difference," the hockey veteran has been quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
"I have got everything in life because of hockey. I compete with myself. I need to stay fit and play good hockey, which is the only mantra to survive," the 31-year-old added.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 is the start of a busy calendar year for the Indian hockey team. The Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games and the FIH World Cup are coming up.
Indian hockey calendar 2018
- Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia in April
- Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia from August-September
- Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from November-December
"In an important year with the Men's World Cup and Asian Games, it excites me that we have a strong pool of 48 players who have had some amount of experience at the international level and have played quality teams," coach Marijne Sjoerd said.
India squad for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018
Goalkeepers: Suraj Karkera, Krishan B Pathak
Defenders: Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Mandeep Mor
Midfielders: S.K. Uthappa, Sardar Singh (Captain), Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh
Forwards: Gurjant Singh, Ramandeep Singh (Vice-captain), Talwinder Singh, Sumit Kumar (Junior), Shilanand Lakra
India vs Argentina hockey match
Date: March 3
Time: 1:30 pm IST
Venue: Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia
Live on TV: Star Sports 1/HD (India)
Live stream: Hotstar
Live scores: Twitter