Dhyan Chand is universally contemplated as the best hockey player of all time. He played an essential role in India winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Chand’s goal scoring talent was exceptional and the opposition competitors were often made to look like insecure in front of this seer from India.
Born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Dhyan Chand’s birthday is celebrated as the National Sports Day in India. Chand played his final international match in 1948. In his last match, he scored more than 400 goals during his international career. To appreciate his efforts and passion towards the sport The Government of India awarded him the third highest (then second highest) civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in 1956.
At the age of Chand joined the Indian Army and took up hockey while he was still enrolled. Dhyan Chand used to practice a lot during the night because of the hectic schedule. He was given the nickname "Chand" by his fellow players. As per the belief, his friends gave this name to him because his practice sessions at night always coincided with the coming out of the moon. ‘Chand’ means the moon in Hindi.
By: Priyanka Negi