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Dhanraj Pillay(born on 16th July 1968 in Khadi, Maharashtra) is a former captain of the Indian Hockey team. With the help of his Brother Ramesh, who used to play in the RCF of the Mumbai league, he developed as a potent and a speedy striker.
Career of Dhanraj Pillay
Dhanraj Pillay made his International debut in 1989 in Hockey by representing India in the Allwyn Asia Cup. Till August 2004, Dhanraj have played 339 international matches. Dhanraj is the only player to hold a record of playing in four Olympics games (1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004), four World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002), four Champions Trophies (1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003), and four Asian Games (1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002). Under his captaincy, India won the Asian Games (1998) and the Asian Cup (2003). He was the highest goal scorer in the Bangkok Asian Games.
Dhanraj Pillay has also played for foreign clubs like the Indian Gymkhana (London), FC Lyon (France), Selangor (Kuala Lumpur), Abhahani Limited (Dhaka) and Stuttgart Kickers (Stuttgart). He also played in the Premier hockey league for the Maratha Warriors at the end of his career. In 2002 at the Champions Trophy, he was awarded as the player of the tournament. He used to also play for the Mahindra & Mahindra.
Awards for Dhanraj Pillay
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1999 - 2000)
- Padma Shri award in 2000.