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SV Sunil, the former India striker retires from International Hockey

SV Sunil, the 32-year old Indian Hockey Team striker announces retirement after playing 264 games for India in a 14-year long career.

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Koushik Biswas
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After 14 years, 264 matches and 72 goals SV Sunil has decided to take retirement from International Hockey. SV Sunil, who was not a part of Bronze winning Indian Hockey team in Tokyo Olympics, decided that it is his time to make way for the younger players.

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SV Sunil, the 32-year-old striker from Karnataka had an illustrated career. He made his debut for Indian Hockey team in 2007 Asia Cup. Moreover, he tasted the success of beating Pakistan in the finals to clinch the Asia Cup for India.

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Interestingly, SV Sunil's retirement came after two of his teammates announced their retirement 24 hours before. Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh and defender Birendra Lakra announced their retirement yesterday.

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SV Sunil's carrier in a nutshell

Sunil remained a main force in the attack line for Indian Hockey for over a decade. Along with his 2007 Asia Cup, he went on to win the gold in the 2011 Asian Champions Trophy and silver in the same event in 2012. Furthermore, he won the gold and bronze medals in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games respectively.

"I have seen a lot on and off the pitch in the past 14 years. I have battled personal tragedies, career-threatening injuries and other setbacks to remain focused on giving my best for the country."

SV Sunil on his 14-year long international career

Two-time Olympian Sunil did not have the taste of an Olympic medal, but he helped team India win silver medals at FIH Champions Trophy in 2016 and 2018. The prolific striker also a key-member of the bronze medal winning Indian team in the 2015 World League Final and 2017 World League Final.

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"I am grateful that I represented my country at two Olympic Games -- in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2012.

SV Sunil on his two Olympic appearances

However, the most memorable moment of his career definitely would be the sliver medal from the Commonwealth Games 2014.

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"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."

Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam

"It is important that I make way for youngsters": SV Sunil

Sunil felt with 2024 Paris Olympics three year away, it is a necessity to give chances to younger players.

"With the 2024 Paris Olympics three years away, I think, as a senior player it is important that I make way for youngsters and help in building a winning team for the future."

SV Sunil on his retirement

However, Sunil will still play in the 5-men Hockey Tournaments.

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