Sardar skipper for Azlan Shah
New Delhi: Veteran Sardar Singh has got one more chance to prolong his international career after he was on Tuesday named captain of the Indian men's hockey team for the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, a tournament where three players will make their debut for the country.
Sardar, who is standing at the twilight of his career, has been in and out of the team lately and was ignored from India's last two international assignments.
Sardar last played for India at the Asia Cup but was dropped from the Indian squads for the Hockey World League
Final in last December and then for the tour to New Zealand.
But new chief coach Sjoerd Marijne handed another lifeline to the midfield ace when he was appointed to lead
India at next month's Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia after regular skipper Manpreet Singh was rested.
Sardar wants to continue till 2020 Olympics but with three big events -- Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cup -- lined up this year, the Azlan Shah Cup probably is his last chance to impress.