Sardar is the best today: Balbir
Sardar Singh Is The Best Today: Balbir Singh, Three-Time Olympic Gold-Medallist. Disappointed with the state of Indian hockey right now, three-time...
New Delhi: Disappointed with the state of Indian hockey right now, three-time Olympic gold-medallist and former captain Balbir Singh (Sr) feels among the current lot of players, only Sardar Singh would have found a place in the Indian teams that competed in the golden era.
In an interaction with media, Balbir spoke of his utter dejection at the game’s current state and the issues plaguing Indian hockey.
“Sardar Singh is the only player of that standard. Not all of them. Had other players been as good as Sardar Singh, then they would have been somewhere at the top,” Balbir said of the halfback, who was the only Indian to be named in the FIH’s world XI recently.
The octogenarian, who will turn 90 later this month, holds the world record for most number of goals by an individual in an Olympic final, an astonishing five that he scored in the 1952 summit clash against the Netherlands.
Revered as the greatest centre forward to have played the game after the iconic Dhyan Chand, Balbir said the current set of players don’t have the skills to match the ones who made India an eight-time Olympic gold-medallist.