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Sardar says he's not done yet, eyes 2020 Olympics for parting shot

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

He might be standing at the twilight of his career, but former is not done yet and wants to give himself a chance till before deciding on his illustrious career.

Talismanic Sardar, of late, has been in and out of the team as the management of the Indian men's team is giving chances to youngsters in an effort to get the right combination for a busy 2018 calender.

Sardar, who was part of India's Cup winning squad last year, has been dropped from India's last two tournaments -- the World League Final in Bhubaneswar and last month's tour to

He is currently part of the core probables, but it remains to be seen what the team management is thinking about the veteran even though he himself is still optimistic.

"I said it before that I want to continue till There are no major tournaments in 2019 for us apart from Olympic preparation. I will be playing proper hockey this year till the World Cup," Sardar said on the sidelines of an event here today.

Sardar said he doesn't lack motivation and fitness wise also he is in proper shape.

"But the next tournament where I will get a chance be it Azlan Shah, Commonwealth or anything else, I just want to give my best," the 31-year-old said.

"My body is fine. There is no lacking on the fitness part. Fitness is very important and my main focus would be to avoid "

The veteran, however, is happy with the rotation policy adopted by the new

"There 30-34 players in the core probables but till last year only 18 or 19 were usually part of the team. It is good that now every from the core group is getting a chance. When I was dropped the told me that they have seen me in Cup and now they want to see other players of the group."

Sardar said now no one can take his place for granted in the team.

"The rotation policy is a good process. The left-out players don't feel de-motivated anymore. No body can be sure of his place and everyone has to perform to secure his place," he said.

"The coaches have seen all players, gave all chances and they now know who can perform at what level. Now the best 16 or 18 will get a chance in the team."

Sardar was played as a free-man in his last outing in the Cup. Even though he is ready for any role for the team's sake, the veteran said he still relishes his trademark midfield position.

"I first played a free-man under Michael Nobbs when (High Performance Director) was also there with the team. I again played in the same position after 6-7 years in the Asia Cup," he said.

"I am ready to play at any role for the team, but what I feel is that I can deliver more on the midfield position, a place where I have played for the last 10 years.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 18:00 IST