Dhyan Chand Birthday: Know interesting facts about major dhyan chand wizard of hockey: Today is 114th birthday of hockey magician Major Dhyanchand. He was born on this day in 1905 in Allahabad. Born in Prayagraj (then Allahabad), Dhyanchand is called as ‘Dadda’ in the world of sports.
Dhyanchand’s birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day. In addition to the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhyanchand Award and Dronacharya Award are given on this day. This time, the Khel Ratna Award will be given to Para Athlet Deepa Malik and wrestler Bajrang Punia.
1. Dhyanchand joined the Indian Army at the age of 16. It was only then that he started playing hockey. Dhyanchand had so much passion for hockey that he used to practice a lot. He kept practicing hockey till the moon came out. For this reason, his fellow players started calling him ‘Chand’.
2. He was the highest goalscorer for India at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games. Dhyanchand scored 14 goals in those games. One newspaper wrote, ‘It was not magic, but hockey. And Dhyanchand is a hockey wizard.
3. India defeated the United States 24–1 in the 1932 Olympic final. In that match, Dhyanchand scored 8 goals and his brother Roop Singh scored 10 goals. Of the 35 goals scored by India in that tournament, 25 goals came from the sticks of these two brothers. Rup Singh scored 15 goals in this. This 86-year-old record of scoring 24 goals in a match was broken by the Indian hockey team by defeating Hong Kong 26–0 in the Asian Games played in Indonesia in 2018.
4. Sir Don Bradman, considered the greatest batsman of all time in cricket, met Dhyanchand in 1935. Bradman said about Dhyanchand that he scores goals as runs are scored in cricket.
5. Dhyanchand has a four-handed statue in a sports club in Vienna, with hockey sticks in his hands. This statue shows how much magic was in his stick.
6. Dhyanchand’s greatness can be gauged from how he scores so many goals compared to other players. For this, his hockey stick was broken and tested. In the Netherlands, it was checked by breaking Dhyanchand’s hockey stick that there was no magnet in it.
Dhyanchand represented India in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics
7. Dhyanchand represented India in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics. India won the medal three times.
8. Dhyanchand was unable to score a goal in a match. He asked the match referee to check the width of the goal post. When this was done, everyone was shocked. The width of the goalpost was low by standards.
9. Impressed by Dhyanchand’s brilliant performance at the Berlin Olympics, Hitler invited him to dinner. This dictator invited him to join a large position in the German army. Hitler wanted Dhyanchand to play hockey for Germany. But Dhyanchand turned down the offer. He said, ‘Hindustan is my homeland and I will play hockey for the same life.’
10. In 2002, the Government of India named the National Stadium Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi in his honor.