Major Dhyan Chand

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Major Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905 in Allahabad. He was an Indian hockey player who is counted among the best classics.

Some Interesting Facts about him:-

1.His real name was Dhyan Singh. It was because he practised during the night after work, waiting for the Moon to appear for an improved visibility that his fellows started calling him Dhyan Chand. (Chand meaning Moon in Hindi)

2. Australia’s batting legend Don Bradman told the hockey legend that he scored goals like he scored runs.

3. It is believed that the officials in Netherlands once broke Dhyan Chand’s hockey stick to check whether there was a magnet inside.

4.It is believed that after India defeated Germany in the 1936 Olympics final, Hitler offered the post of Colonel in the army if Dhyan Chand migrated to Germany. He declined the offer.

Awards, achievements and legacy:-

In 1980, the Indian government issued a commemorative postage stamp in Dhyan Chand’s honour – making him the only hockey player to so feted. An AstroTurf hockey pitch at the Indian Gymkhana Club in London has been named after him. In 2002, the National Stadium in New Delhi was renamed Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Throughout his career, he scored more than 1,000 goals, of which 400 came in international matches. India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports bears his name.

On his birthday we salute him for his contributions towards the nation.

You will always be remembered and have a place in our hearts!