Major Dhyan Chand was an iconic Indian hockey player who is remembered as a magician of Indian hockey. Major Dhyan Chand
is a name that every Indian can say with pride. He was the prime member
of Indian hockey team which brought three Olympic gold medals in field
hockey. He had great control over dribbling the ball that no one could
ever match. He was honored with Padma Bhushan by the governament of
india in 1956 for his outstanding contribution to Indian hockey. Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday, August 29, is celebrated as National Sports Day in India.
Major sports awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya
awards are presented on this occasion to the sportsperson who has shown
tremendous commitment towards the game and made the country proud. Dhyan
Chand has scored more than 400 goals during his international career
which was ended in 1948.Dhyan Chand was often called as ‘The Wizard’ by the legends for his magical control over the ball. In Berlin, Adolf Hitler
wanted to buy his stick after watching the final match against Germany.
Dhyan Chand mesmerized the Japanese by playing with a walking stick
when a woman in the stands asked him to play with it. In some places,
opposition team players went on to the extent to break his stick to
check whether there was any special thing inside the stick as the ball
always tends to kiss his stick. Overall, he scored 1000 goals in a
career spanning over two decades. During his era there was nothing to
record the brilliant play of this magician. If it had recorded, it could
have used by this generation as a tutorial lesson. Such was the sheer
intelligence he had.