Veteran India males’s workforce striker SV Sunil introduced that he has made up our minds to retire from world hockey, bringing the curtains down on a 14-year-long profession all the way through which he was once part of 264 fits and struck 72 targets.
Sunil’s choice to name time got here an afternoon after drag-flicker Rupinder Buddy Singh and defender Birendra Lakra, who performed starring roles within the Indian hockey workforce’s ancient bronze medal-winning Tokyo Olympics marketing campaign, introduced their world retirements on Friday.
The 32-year-old Sunil, hailing from Karnataka, was once no longer part of the workforce that competed within the Tokyo Olympics. Sunil, mentioned it was once time for him to make method for more youthful gamers and lend a hand to construct a successful workforce for the long run. The senior participant seemed in 264 India fits, placing 72 targets.
Arjuna Award Winner
The Indian Hockey Workforce Ahead has made up our minds to hold his boots after an illustrious profession.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 1, 2021
“… time to take a spoil. Greater than 14 years once I wore India colors for the primary time, I’ve made up our minds to make myself unavailable for the nationwide camp which starts subsequent week,” Sunil, who grew up enjoying hockey with a bamboo stick because of his circle of relatives’s restricted assets, mentioned in a remark on his Twitter maintain.
“It was once no longer the perfect choice to make, nevertheless it was once no longer the hardest both, for the reason that I didn’t make it to the workforce for the Tokyo Video games. The omission put a query mark on my long run as a participant, within the 11-a-side layout.
“With the 2024 Paris Olympics 3 years away, I feel, as a senior participant it is crucial that I make method for children and lend a hand in development a successful workforce for the long run,” he added.
The Arjuna awardee from Somwarpet in Coorg made his world debut in 2007 on the Asia Cup which India gained after beating Pakistan within the Ultimate.
There was once no taking a look again for the fast striker after that and he was once part of India’s implausible upward push in international hockey.
The 2-time Olympian (2012 and 2016) remained a key participant within the Indian forward-line for over a decade with superb performances.
He was once within the Indian workforce that gained gold within the 2011 Asian Champions Trophy and silver in the similar tournament in 2012.
He additionally gained gold and bronze medals within the 2014 and 2018 Asian Video games respectively but even so gold within the Asia Cup 2017.
He performed an instrumental function within the workforce’s ancient silver medal wins on the 2016 and 2018 FIH Champions Trophy.
In his lengthy profession, Sunil additionally led the forward-line within the 2015 Global League Ultimate the place the workforce gained a bronze Medal and he was once additionally a part of the workforce that gained bronze in the similar tournament in 2017 in Bhubaneswar.
He additionally has a silver medal from the Commonwealth Video games 2014 to his credit score.
Congratulating Sunil for his contribution to Indian hockey, Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam mentioned, “SV Sunil has been an inspiration to a whole era of younger hockey gamers.
“His dedication to the sport and self-discipline was once unequalled and he has given Indian hockey some very memorable performances.”
Sunil mentioned he’s going to proceed to be to be had to play the shorter type of the sport (5-a-side hockey).
He mentioned the gold within the 2014 Asian Video games was once the turning level of his profession.
“I’m thankful that I represented my nation at two Olympic Video games — in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2012.
“I’ve observed so much off and on the pitch previously 14 years. I’ve battled private tragedies, career-threatening accidents and different setbacks to stay focussed on giving my best possible for the rustic.” INPUTS FROM PTI