Essential Sardar

Sardar Singh picks his best international match and also gives us a glimpse of his life outside the sport.

Meeting an icon... captain of the Indian hockey team, Sardar Singh (centre) with Sachin Tendulkar (second from left) in New Delhi. Tendulkar gave the Indian team, bound for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, a pep talk.   -  PTI

Your first meeting with a sporting icon?

It was during the National camp in 2005 when I met Jugraj Singh. Another special moment was when Sachin Tendulkar agreed to chat with the Indian hockey team before the 2014 World Cup. He shared his experience with us at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi. It was a very memorable day, and it was very nice of Sachin to come and give us a pep talk.

The big match that you have been a part of?

The 2010 Commonwealth Games semi-final against Britain — we (India) were trailing 1-3 with just 10 minutes left for the final whistle. I saw the crowd going out (of the stadium) and we soon equalised 3-3 and went on to win through a penalty stroke.

How do you unwind?

I like to be all by myself. I need my space and time. I have my own house in Panchkula (Chandigarh) where I relax with my brother.

Fitness mantras?

I still wear a small size T-shirt because it’s a reminder that I am fit. When I am with the National team, after training when I am free, I go to the gym or swimming pool, do core exercises and take care of my diet. I eat healthy food, drink 5-6 litres of water every day — more salads and fruits, no spicy food.

Your favourite car?

I just got a Range Rover. I also have a Toyota Fortuner. My dream car is Land Cruiser.

Your favourite actor?

John Abraham

Your favourite holiday destination?

Ibiza in Spain. I would also like to go to Holland and France.

Your favourite music?

Punjabi music.