Dhyan Chand: Dhyanchand had such mastery in the game of hockey that when he used to take the ball towards the opposition goal area, it was almost impossible for the opponents to get the ball. It seemed that the ball was stuck with his stick.
Hockey magician, Major Dhyanchand’s birthday is celebrated across the country as National Sports Day. Dhyanchand had such mastery in the game of hockey that when he moved towards the opposition goal field with the ball, it was almost impossible to get the opponents to get the ball. It seemed that the ball was stuck with his stick. His dribbling skills aroused opposition teams. Mahan Dhyanchand represented India in three Olympic Games and on all three times, India won the gold medal. Dhyanchand’s image was of Team Man. Know 10 special things related to Major Dhyanchand…
-Dhyan Chand was born on 29 August 1905 in a Rajput family in Allahabad city. His younger brother Roop Singh also represented the Indian team in hockey. Dhyanchand was also addressed by Dadda by name.
While joining the army, Dhyanchand got interested in the game of hockey. After practicing for hours, he mastered the sport. Just as Don Bradman was called cricket and Pelé as the wizard of football, in the same way Dhyanchand was called hockey wizard. It was very difficult for the opposition players to snatch the ball from Dhyanchand. He used to play at the center forward position.
Dhyanchand represented India in the Olympics of 1928, 1932 and 1936 before India’s independence. India won the gold medal only three times.
Adolf Hitler was also included in the game of Dhyan Chand. Impressed by Dhyan Chandra’s dribbling at the Berlin Olympics, Hitler offered him to play for Germany. It is said that for this Dhyanchand was offered a huge amount of money and a big position, but he considered it paramount to play for India and turned down Hitler’s offer.
– Dhyanchand was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 1956. The Indian Olympic Association declared him the player of the century. For a long time, Dhyanchand has been demanded to be given the country’s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna.
It was a miracle of Dhyanchand’s sportsmanship that he has a four-handed idol in a sports club in Vienna. He has a hockey stick in his four hands. This statue shows Dhyanchand’s mastery in the game of hockey.
During a match, when Dhyanchand was scoring goal on goal, his stick was checked that there was no magnet or glue-like material in it, from which the ball was sticking. No such thing was found in the investigation. It was Dhyanchand’s sportsmanship that the ball used to move ‘at his behest’.
It is believed that Dhyan Chand scored more than a thousand goals in his playing life. Dhyanchand’s son Ashok Kumar has also played for India in hockey.
-Dhyanchand died on 3 December 1979. The Government of India has named the National Stadium Dhyan Chand Stadium in Delhi in his honor in 2002.
In 2012, the Government of India had decided to celebrate Dhyan Chand’s birth day on 29 August as National Sports Day. On this day, sportspersons are honored with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, President Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award.