On the occasion of Major Dhyan Chand’s 118th birth anniversary, celebrated as National Sports Day every year on August 29, Sportstar delves into the legacy of the legendary hockey player.
Dhyan Chand’s name is synonymous with excellence and unparalleled skill in the world of sports. His remarkable feats on the hockey field, marked by impeccable ball control and astonishing goal-scoring ability, earned him the moniker “The Wizard” and elevated India to new heights on the global sporting stage.
Dhyan Chand, the wizard of Indian hockey, in the 1930s.
Brothers Dhyan Chand and Roop Singh enjoy a bout of practice years after retirement – in 1966.
Four members of the Indian hockey contingent, including legend Dhyan Chand (bottom right), that won the 1936 Olympic gold medal in Berlin peering out of a train window at Liverpool.
The iconic Dhyan Chand.
Dhyan Chand with the ball in the 1932 Olympics match against the US, which India won by 24 goals to 1.
The Indian hockey team with the mayor of Nairobi (fourth from left). Dhyan Chand is to his right.
The Indian hockey team that sailed for East Africa from Bombay on December 6, 1947. Dhyan Chand, the captain, is standing fifth from left.
A 35 paise commemorative stamp issued on December 3, 1980, to commemorate the first death anniversary of Dhyan Chand on November 27, 1980.
Dhyan Chand (left) and Balbir Singh, who was a member of the 1948, '52 and 56' gold medal-winning Olympic teams.
Dhyan Chand with trainees under his charge at a hockey coaching camp at the Corporation Stadium in Madras on March 16, 1958.
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