Hockey India has hailed just-retired Sardar Singh as the "true ambassador of the game" and congratulated him on his glorious international career.
"In the best and worst of times, Sardar Singh has exemplified steely determination. His qualities and dedication as a player makes him a true ambassador of the game," HI president Rajinder Singh said in a statement.
On September 13, Sardar formally announced his retirement during a press conference in Chandigarh.
"He has inspired an entire generation of youngsters with his performances and as captain. He led the team to one of the biggest victories at the 2014 Asian Games. He has been part of Indian hockey's resurgence and elevation in world ranking," he said.
"His contribution to the sport will be cherished and Hockey India would like to congratulate him for his achievements and wish him the very best for his future endeavours."