‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh: We were great friends. I feel sad that he is not amongst us now. After Dhyan Chand, if there was any (hockey) legend, it was Balbir Singh Senior.
Bishan Singh Bedi: India’s greatest hockey player since Independence Sardar Balbir Singh Sr is no more… long live Sardar Balbir Singh Sr… RIP Legend!
P.T. Usha: An athlete par excellence and a role model beyond words!
Narinder Batra (IOA president): His ready wit and willingness to share his vast knowledge were stand-out features.
He leaves behind a rich legacy that cuts across all sport and physical boundaries.
Abhinav Bindra: Athletes and role models such as him come very rarely, and it was an honour to know him. I hope his example will continue to inspire athletes from around the world.
Ravi Shastri: A true giant and a half in his field. Hockey legend out and out.
Sachin Tendulkar: He was one of the greatest to have graced the game of hockey.
Virender Sehwag: In Balbir Singh ji, India has lost one of it’s greatest ever sportsman.
Gautam Gambhir: Three time Olympic gold medalist, he brought great laurels to the country! You will always remain in our hearts, Sir!
Virat Kohli: Saddened to hear about the passing of the legend, Balbir Singh Sr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow.
Suresh Raina: Legends never truly leave, they live on in the hearts of people. Thank you for the decades of great hockey and for inspiring us.
Devinder Walmiki: No one could ever take your place in my heart. Today I am crying because I have lost a person who occupied a very special place in my heart.
Sharath Kamal: A true sporting icon, Balbir Singh Sr. Sir’s achievements will continue to be a guiding light for athletes!
Saina Nehwal: Inspiration to many and great sportsperson .. we will miss our three-time Olympic gold medal winner.
Geeta Phogat: Sir, you will be remembered forever!