Dhyan Chand Singh a Major in the Army and is a legend in the Indian and the Hockey Team. He was born on 29th August 1905 in Prayag, Uttar Pradesh. His Coach Pankaj Gupted, Predicted him as the Moon or Chand of the Hockey Game. Dyan Chand used to be the outstanding Center Forward player in the Indian Hockey team. He was nicked as the “Hockey Wizard”. Dhyand Chand used to be Center forward player. Dhyan Chand one of the few players who use to have a unparallel control over the ball. Dhyan Chand is a all time legend of hockey. One of the residents of Vienna, made a statue of Dhyan Chand with Four hands and Four Sticks, signifying the Unparallel Control over the ball. He used to be a player who was admired and feared by his opponents.
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Career of Dhyan Chand
In 1932, Dhyan Chand scored 133 goals out of 338 in 37 matches. In 1942 at the East Africa tournament, he scored 61 goals in 22 matches. In 1935, at the India tour of Australia and New Zealand, India played 48 matches including three Test matches against New Zealand and won all of them. Dhyan Chand scored 200 goals out 584 goals. In 1928, he represented India in the Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam. He scored two goals out of three against Netherlands and made India to win the Gold medal in the Olympics. In 1932, at the Summer Olympics held in loss Angeles, India played its final against USA and won the match by 23 – 1. He scored 8 goals out of 21. In the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Dhyan Chand was the Captain of the Indian hockey team. In the Semi finals, he scored 4 goals out of 10 against France. In the finals against Germany, he scored three goals out of eight. In the 1936 Olympics Dhyan Chand scored a total of 59 goals out of 175 goals scored by the country.
The then President of the India, Declared 29th August (his Birthday) as the National Sports Day in India and also imposed a statue at the main Entrance of the National Stadium.
- In 1956, he was Padma bhusan Award and was also given the Rank of Major in the Army.
- In 1980, the government of Bharat released a Postage Stamp in his honor.
- In 2002, The government of India introduced a Life Time Achievement Award in Spots In the name of Dhyan Chand.