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Dhyan Chand: Field Hockey

Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) was an Indian hockey player, considered to be the greatest field hockey player ever. Chand helped India win three Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 when India was the most dominant team in the sport.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Dhyan Chand was part of the Indian hockey team that won three Olympics and throughout his hockey career; he scored more than 1000 goals, 400 of which were international goals. In 1956, he was honored India’s third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions to the field of sports. He was the captain of the gold medal winner Indian Hockey Team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Why Was He So Good?

Chand was nicknamed “The Wizard”, who became the sport’s magician, for his outstanding ball control. He rose to worldwide hockey fame like a meteor and kept shining like the sun, going on huge heights in the sport and accomplished great feats. His name will always be synonymous with hockey.

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