Former India Captain Sardar Singh decided to Retire from International Games

Sardar Singh who was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna last year is likely to announce his retirement from internationals later this week after a disappointing performance at Asian Games 2018.

India bagged third position in the Asians after losing the semifinal to Malaysia which provoked harsh criticism from the officials targeted towards Singh, because of his being the senior most player in the team.

This constant questioning of Singh’s capabilities might have prompted his decision to quit Internationals.

Though nothing has been disclosed yet by Singh in this front but the National coach Harendra Singh confirmed he had spoken to Sardar about the decision.

Showing his disappointment over Singh’s decision, Harendra Singh said that he has been a legend of the game both at national and international level.

Sardar had been dropped for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year with Hockey India favouring youngsters but fought his way back into the side for the Champions Trophy, where India won a second successive silver, and the Asian Games.

With India hosting the World Cup at the end of this year and the road ahead to Tokyo Olympics long and winded with a complex qualification process, Sardar’s experience would have been handy for the team. As such, Indian hockey will now have to do without it.

Asian Games 2018: List of India’s Medal Winners in Jakarta

India brought home a total of 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze from the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia to surpass the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China. This is also India’s best ever overall medal tally, equalling country’s joint-best effort at the Asian Games since the inaugural edition in 1951. The total of 24 silver medals is also the highest ever in Asiad history for India.

Here is how India fared in key sporting events and disciplines at the Asian Games 2018:

  • Athletics

Medals: 17 (7 gold, 10 silver and 2 medals)

The results turned out to be better than how India fared at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games where they picked 13 medals in total.

Neeraj Chopra and Swapna Barman won gold medals in the javelin throw and heptathlon respectively. India continued their dominance in women’s team relay, bagging gold. Jinson Johnson’s gold was first 1500m medal in 20 years, while Manjit Singh’s 800m gold was possible after 32 years and Arpinder Singh’s triple jump gold came after 48 years.

  • Archery

Medals: 2 (2 silver medals)

The India Men’s team comprising of Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma, failed to grab the yellow metal after a rare stroke of bad luck.

  • Badminton

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

With PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal bagging a medal each in the individual event, it is safe to say that the badminton campaign was a successful one.

  • Boxing

Medals: 2 (1 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

They won two medals, with Amit Panghal bagging gold on the final day.

  • Shooting

Medals: 10 (2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals)

Teenagers Saurabh Chaudhary and Shardul Vihan made headlines after excellent performances.

Rahi Sarnobat secured the second gold medal for India in the women’s 25m pistol event. Sanjeev Rajput won a silver in 50m rifle 3 positions men, while Heena Sidhu secured bronze in 10m air pistol event. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela won the bronze in 10m air rifle mixed team event, while Abhishek Verma won the bronze in 10m air pistol. India claimed silver in men’s trap thanks to Lakshay and Deepak Kumar added a silver in 10m air rifle.

  • Hockey

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

The women’s team reached their first final in 20 years, where they lost to Japan. The men’s team, however, took the bronze medal.

  • Kabaddi

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

India failed to win gold in a sport they have dominated since it was introduced for the first time in the tournament in 1990.

  • Rowing

Medals: 3 (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

The rowers fought back on the final day to secure a gold and two bronze medals after Dattu Bhokanal, who was expected to win a medal in men’s singles sculls had a horrible final, in which he finished in the last position.

  • Squash

Medals: 5 (1 silver and 4 bronze medals)

In the women’s team event, Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunanya Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna won the silver medal. Saurav Ghoshal came home with a bronze in the men’s singles department.

  • Table tennis

Medals: 2 (2 bronze medals)

India secured two medals with Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan along with Manav Vikash, Anthony Arputharaj and Harmeet Desai winning the bronze medal in men’s Team event. Kamal combined with Manika Batra to win the bronze in mixed doubles.

  • Tennis

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the men’s doubles gold, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran won bronze medal in the men’s singles event. Ramkumar Ramanathan faced an early exit.

Medals: 3 (1 gold, 2 bronze medals)

  • Weightlifting

CWG gold medallist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, finished 10th in the men’s 77kg weight class with a total lift of 314 kg (144 kg Snatch + 170 kg Clean-and-Jerk). Ajay Singh finished in the 5th position in the same event with a total lift of 327 kg.

  • Wrestling

Medals: 3 (2 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

Bajrang Punia won gold in 65 kg freestyle and Vinesh Phogat clinched gold in the women’s freestyle 50kg category. Phogat outplayed Japan’s Yuki Irie to take a 6-2 win and become the first Indian female wrestler to win an Asiad gold. Divya Kakran also won the bronze medal in freestyle 68 kg wrestling for India.

  • Bridge

Medals: 3 (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar took India’s gold medal count to 15.

  • Equestrian

Medals: 2 (2 silver medals)

Fouaad Mirza ended India’s 36 years of wait to win an individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982. He won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, just four seconds behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. The Indian team comprising of Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh, apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30 in the team event.

  • Martial Arts (Kurash, Wushu)

Medals: 6 (1 silver and 5 bronze medals)

India picked up six medals with one silver and bronze coming in Kurash while four bronze medals arrived in wushu. Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav won silver and bronze respectively in Kurash women’s 52kg event. In wushu, Roshibina Naorem won bronze in women’s Sanda 60kg; men’s trio of Santhosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh, Narender Grewal won in men’s Sanda 56kg, 60kg and 65kg categories respectively.

Asian Games 2018: Rani Rampal, India’s Flag-bearer in Closing Ceremony

India ended their Asian Games campaign with a total of 69 medals, including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal has been named India’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games 2018. With this medal haul at the 2018 Games, India surpassed their highest Asian Games tally of 65 medals at the 2010 Guangzhou edition.

Rani Rampal led India to a successful Asian Games campaign as they came agonizingly close to winning Asiad hockey gold after 36 years. However, India, who made their first final in 20 years, failed to go past Japan, losing the final 1-2 to clinch the silver medal. In the tournament, Rani scored three goals.

India ended their Asian Games campaign with a bang, winning two gold medals on Day 14. While debutant Amit Panghal clinched gold in boxing by defeating Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final, India won gold in men’s pair bridge event.

The Indian hockey men’s team, who were favourites to bring home the gold medal, lost to Malaysia (6-7 via penalty shoot-off) in semifinal. However, India ended their campaign with a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Pakistan to take home the bronze. This is the second time in the last three months that India have beaten Pakistan.

Day 14 also saw the Indian women’s squash team, who had shocked powerhouse Malaysia in semifinals, winning the silver after losing to Hong Kong 0-2 in the team final.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games.

Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal with a throw of 88.06 metres. Neeraj’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.