15 Facts Should Know About India’s Hockey Legend Dhyan Chand

  • Dhyan Chand was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Dhayan Chand considered as one the greatest field hockey players of all time.
  • Dhyan Chand was employed by the British Indian Army as a Sepoy at the age of 16.
  • Dhyan Chand helped India in earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932 and 1936).
  • Dhyan Chand was also known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control.


  • The fear of Dhyan Chand’s marvellous game play forced the officials in Netherlands to break his hockey stick to check if there was a magnet inside.
  • He scored more than 400 goals in his international career.
  • During a match in the 1936 Olympics, Dhyan Chand lost a tooth in a collision with Germany goalkeeper Tito Warnholtz.
  • Cricket world’s legend Don Bradman and Hockey’s greatest player Dhyan Chand once came face to face at Adelaide in 1935.
  • Chand played his final international match in 1948.


  • He got the name of Dhyan Chand because he used to do practice during under the moon (Chand) light; his fellow players gave him this name.
  • Government of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan in 1956.
  • In 1956, at the age of 51, he retired from the army with the rank of Major.
  • National Sports Day is celebrated on 29th August which is Dhyan Chand’s birthday.
  • India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports is the Dhyan Chand Award.

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