Major Dhyan Chand is widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of India and the world. Born on August 29, 1905, in Allahabad, India, he joined the Indian Army at the age of 16 and quickly impressed everyone with his hockey skills.
Major Dhyan Chand Summary
Hard work and a will to win will always help you to achieve your goal. Whatever obstacles come your way, you should accept the challenge and go ahead, and success will surely be yours. This lesson ‘Major Dhyan Chand’ written by Sanjay Dudhane, is a very inspiring one which tells us about the hockey finals played against Germany during the Olympic events held at Berlin in Germany on 15th August, 1936.
The German team had defeated many teams to reach the finals. The Indian team was not very comfortable on wet ground and unluckily for them it had rained heavily the day before the final match. They were in a foreign land and the stadium was filled with Germans, with only a few Indians to cheer them.
The captain of the team, Dhyan Chand kept his cool and along with his team played a wonderful match, taking our country to victory and defeating the Germans in their home-town. The skill showed by our captain was appreciated even by the German dictator. Hitler awarded him with a special gold medal.
Dhyan Chand’s game played a significant role in popularizing hockey in India. He inspired millions across the country and encouraged them to take up the sport. The Government of India honored Dhyan Chand with the Padma Bhushan award in 1956. He was also declared Player of the Century by the Indian Olympic Association.