The incredible hockey player of all time Major Dhyan Chand.
Major Dhyan Chand was born on 29th August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh India into a Maurya a Kushwaha family to mother shardha Singh and father Sameshwar Singh who was working in the British Indian army. Dhyan Chand had two brothers Roop Singh also a sports player and another brother Mool Singh.when Dhyan Chand was young he was not interested in hockey, he used to love wrestling. at the age of 16 he joined the Indian army and at that time he used to practice after his duty hours and night. he used to always wait for the moon so that the field would light up and helped increase the visibility of the field due to this it is believed that he was named chand literal meaning moon by his fellow players.
It was during 1922 to 1926 he started playing hockey tournament and regimental games in Indian army. after his consistent performance and dedication for the team, he was selected for the team that was going to NewZealand to play hockey series. in that series, his team won 18 matches, drew 2 and lost one match. during this series, the most important player was Major Dhyan Chand, Because of his brilliant individual performance his team done so well on Newzealand tour. when Dhyan Chand returns to India after giving a solid performance on NewZealand tour he was promoted to lance naik.
The newly formed Indian hockey federation was making a team for 1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympics. In 1925 an inter-provisional tournament was held for the selection of best Indian hockey players from all over India that would represent the nation in Olympics and various tournaments. Major dhyan chand got permission from the army to play for united provinces team, he was well known for his individual skills and potential so he was selected in the team to play in Olympics.
In 1928 summer Olympics India reached final of men’s hockey and their final was against European giant Holland. the game was tough but because of the individual brilliance by Dhyan chand India manage to clinch its first ever Olympic gold. Major Dhyan Chand was the top scorer of this tournament by scoring 14 goals in just 5 matches.
Dhyan Chand is known as a magician of” Hockey” as Ronaldinho is known as the magician of the beautiful game “Football“. Dhyan chand performance was improving day by day at a speed of light at that time there was no single player in world hockey who can match the speed, skills, strategy, and ball controlling of Dhyan chand this led to the selection of Major Dhyan Chand in 1932 summer Olympics Los Angeles. India won their first match against Japan by 11-1, the team got moving ahead and once again India reached final and clinched the gold medal for two times in a row.
after the Los Angeles Olympic Indian team won different hockey tournaments in USA , England and many other countries but at the end of the tournament India had won 34 matches out of 37 and Dhyan Chand had scored 133 goals during this tour for his team.soon he became caption of Indian hockey team in 1934 and led his team in 1936 summer Olympics where India won his third Olympic gold medal for the third time in Row.