Veteran striker S V Sunil retires from international hockey
New Delhi, October 1, 2021
Two-time Olympian and star striker S V Sunil on Friday announced his retirement from international hockey and in the process became the third player to do so in two days.
On Thursday, defenders Rupinder Pal and Birendra Lakra had called time on their career with the Indian team.
The Arjuna awardee from Somwarpet in Coorg made a memorable international debut in 2007 at the Asia Cup in 2007 which India won after beating Pakistan in the Final.
Since then, there has been no looking back for this speedy striker who was part of India's incredible rise in global hockey.
The 32-year old Olympian remained the main spearhead of the national team's forward line for over a decade with fine performances. He was part of the Indian team that won gold in the 2011 Asian Champions Trophy and silver in the same event in 2012.
Sunil has to his credit a gold and a bronze medal from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, respectively. He was also part of the gold medal-winning team in the Asia Cup 2017.
He played an instrumental role in the team's historic silver medal wins at the 2016 and 2018 FIH Champions Trophy.
In his long career, Sunil also led the forward line in the 2015 World League Final where the team won a bronze medal and he was also part of the team that won bronze in the same event in 2017 in Bhubaneswar. He also has a silver medal from the Commonwealth Games 2014 to his credit.
Hailing the veteran forward for his contribution to the sport, Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam said, “SV Sunil has been an inspiration to an entire generation of young hockey players. His commitment to the game and discipline was unmatched and he has given Indian hockey some very memorable performances.
"On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate him on a fantastic career. I wish him the very best for his future endeavors.”