Indian hockey skipper Sardar Singh is all over the news for the past couple of days, because of a police complaint by a UK-based Indian-origin woman who was his girlfriend and claims to be his fiancée. The woman, in her complaint to the Ludhiana police, has accused Sardar of physical and mental abuse. The police are investigating the accusations, and a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up too.
As the two parties have now indulged in allegations and counter-allegations and it will take the agencies some time to establish the truth, we give you a list of things that you should definitely know about Sardar Singh.
The 29-year-old Sardar Singh hails from Rania town of Sirsa district in Haryana.
Sardar Singh holds the position of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Haryana given to him as reward for his achievements.
He became the youngest player to become captain of the Indian Hockey team and led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
He became the Player of the Tournament in the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where India won gold.
Not only this, Sardar Singh became the highest-paid marquee player at the inaugural Hockey India League auction for the Delhi team, which was later named Delhi Waveriders.
Sardar was awarded the Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian honour in India, in 2015.
His brother Didar Singh has also played for the Indian team.
In 2010, Singh was signed by the Belgian club, KHC Leuven, to play in the Belgian Hockey League. After his impressive performance at the 2013 Asia Cup, Sardar was signed by the Dutch club, HC Bloemendaal as well.