Sardar Singh was disappointed after being left out of the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games. At that time Sachin got inspiration by talking to Tendulkar on the phone. Made a successful return to the national team in the Champions Trophy.
This is what Sardar told reporters in New Delhi after recently retiring from international hockey. The 32-year-old former hockey player announced his retirement last Wednesday. Sardar decided to end his 12-year playing career after failing to win gold in the Asian Games. Sardar was dropped from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games due to poor form. After that he called the legendary cricketer. Inspired by his advice, he returned to the team in the Champions Trophy and won the historic silver.
Sardar said, “Sachin has helped me a lot in the last 3-4 months. That was not easy.” I was devastated to be left out of the Commonwealth Games team. I want to call Sachin and ask, what would you do if you go down to bat and get out for zero runs.” What Sachin said to him after that? Sachin spoke to me for 20 minutes. Said, forget criticism, keep focus. To watch old videos of me playing, asked me to keep my normal game. His advice helped me to return to the national team,” said Sardar.