Hockey wizard Dadda Dhyanchand. Pride of Indian Hockey After India’s independence, the name and value of Indian sport in the world was hockey and hockey only. Dhyanchand gave India gold medals in 3 consecutive Olympics – 1928, 1932 and 1936 – before independence. A total of 3 Olympics, Dhyanchand scored a total of 39 goals for India. The 1940 and 1944 Olympics did not take place due to World War II, otherwise Dhyanchand could possibly have made India a gold medal record in 5 Olympics in a row.
From independence, India’s identity was in sports hockey and hockey only. Dhyanchand was the only and only hockey magician who recognized India in sports. The magic of Dhyanchand’s hockey was such that everyone used to climb up and talk. The more they try to get to know them, the more they are murdered. India won the 8th and 8th gold medals in hockey at the Olympics in Moscow in 1980. Winning the golden title in hockey at the Olympics since 1980 has been a dream of the Indian hockey team.
Indian hockey is struggling to regain its lost glory today. Despite this, the name Dhyanchand is still immortal as the world’s greatest hockey player. Tales of his hockey art still bring back fond memories of the golden past of Indian hockey. Born in Allahabad on August 29, 1905, today is the 115th birthday of hockey legend Dhyanchand.
On December 3, 1979, Dhyanchand traveled the world to say goodbye to the economic scarcity of the world stage. It may sound bitter, but Indian hockey suffers at the expense of not keeping Dhyanchand’s legacy. Dhyanchand took over after working in the hockey stick army. After learning hockey tricks from a qualified teacher like Bale Tiwari there, he never turned back and looked back.
Dadda Dhyanchand and his mentor Bale Tiwari can be mentioned as the most skilled Guru disciple in history. Dhyanchand wanted his abilities in the light of the moon. The truth is that Dhyanchand’s art of hockey and loyalty to him made him a great hero in this game. Today, no player has come into the spotlight that people are starting to call him a legend. The reality is that there is no more than one common legend in each game.
Pelé deserves to be called the greatest in football, Sir Don Bradman in cricket, and only one Dhyanchand in hockey. In hockey, Dhyanchand wrote the story of success in the world, so that even today, every Indian’s chest becomes proudly wide. Hans Muridas always called him lovingly as Dadda. His art of hockey made him a magic of hockey that neither a hockey artist nor he wanted. He was as good a player as a great man.
Under Dhyanchand’s captain, India ended its Olympic hockey title triumph by defeating host Germany 8-1 in the final of the Berlin Olympics on August 15, 1936. Dhyanchand’s magic of hockey art went up in the head of even the stubborn ruler of Germany at the Berlin Olympics. in 1936. The world pays homage to his art of hockey even today. As a hockey analyst for 4 decades, he tried hard to learn more and more about Dhyanchand’s hockey skills and people close to him.
Each of these showed me convincingly Dhyanchand’s loyalty to hockey. Dadda’s journey from a simple army to becoming a hockey legend may still be the biggest inspiration for the young hockey player who adopts hockey. Dhyanchand has been an inspiration to his generation, the generations that come in hockey will also always be an inspiration. There is no one left in his contemporaries now.
India’s oldest surviving hockey player is 94-year-old Keshav Dutt, an Olympic gold medalist from 1948 and 1952. He was a fan of Dhyanchand’s hockey skills and his inspiration. In hockey, the success of a particular player can be won in two matches, but for a major tournament such as the Olympics and World Cup, the entire team must be united. In this context, each team needs a team member the most.
Dhyanchand tied the knot to his master Bale Tiwari in the beginning that meaningless dribbling has no meaning. The right player is the one who plays according to the needs of the team and the mood of the match. He never used his dribbling unnecessarily. He never held on to the ball unnecessarily. Even he always avoided the temptation to score goals and always moved the ball towards the guy who was in the best position to score in the D area.
At the same time, he always tried to score the goal instead of directing the shot into goal by stumbling the goalkeeper. This is why many are at the forefront of scoring goals from their peers going forward. Dhyanchand’s hockey artistry was unmatched. His success in the Olympics was always believed by all his teammates to be equal. Even after his hockey skills, he could imagine the heights he reached there and became a daydream for the generation.
Dhyanchand’s real name was Dhyan Singh. Once after he joined the Army, what his white men started calling him Dhyanchand, his name was immortalized on the pages of hockey history. Dadda played hockey for about two decades from 1920 to 1940. Dhyanchand’s ball control, dribbling, and predictions of where the ball was going were unsurpassed. He was unsurpassed in scoring from any angle. He used to show his brilliance on any surface.
The players from the rival team’s defense were previously insensitive to their hockey art. Alam used to be that instead of stopping Dhyanchand from scoring his goal, he used to look at his hockey skills himself. The core of Dhyanchand’s success in hockey was to anticipate the situation and strategize accordingly. If he had played on an artificial surface like AstroTurf today, his magic would still be worth seeing. Along with the amazing control of the ball, his catch was such that the ball used to stick to his stick.
Unfortunately, weak catch has become the biggest weakness of Indian hockey today. He used to make a dent in the strongest defense using his hockey artwork on the wet ground. Due to the rain, Asmathal used to reach his teammates right near Dhyanchand on the ground. He used to have the power to put a round of rain on the Asmatal ground. Because of Dhyanchand’s art of hockey, players from his rival team often had the illusion that there was something like a magnet in their stick.
Because of this, his hockey stick was seen in Holland. All the fears turned out to be unfounded. A statue of Dhyanchand was installed in Vienna. In this statue, Dhyanchand has four hands and he appears with four hockey sticks in his hand. Its purpose with this statue is to show that only a superman can perform the charisma of hockey like Dhyanchand. All of these events may seem exaggerated to listen to, but they all reflect only their genius.
Dhyanchand and his younger brother Roop Singh’s art on the hockey field was unsurpassed. The synergy between these two brothers in the field of hockey also remained unsurpassed. But what sets Dhyanchand apart from his brother is his skill, dedication and passion for playing for the country. Dhyanchand’s art of hockey gave hockey beauty. Hockey was religion for him, that is, discipline and dedication. He enjoyed playing hockey every moment. She lived only for hockey and only for hockey. Indian hockey dad will always be in debt.
He took Indian hockey to the heights imaginable. Dhyanchand said the importance of skill in hockey. He played an important role in making hockey a game of skill and artistic art. If Indian hockey needs to return, Dhyanchand’s skill and artistry must be imbibed. For this, the player must have intelligence, sharp eyes, strong wrist, physical strength, patience and mental balance.
No matter how tense the situation on the pitch was, Dhyanchand always remained calm as a player. He never lost his temper. If the players in today’s Indian hockey team understand this thing, then they can definitely succeed on the field. Many people may ask if Dhyanchand would be successful on Astro Turf when he lived on the grasslands. The answer is simple, of course, the fact is that he would definitely have scored twice as many goals in his career.
In fact, he has never been fascinated by any surface to show his magic. He was a master at playing on any surface and even today he would definitely repeat his charisma on any surface. The first and most important condition for success on Astro Turf is to be physically strong. Dhyanchand’s fitness was excellent. Playing hockey for two decades is a reflection of no one getting close to them in terms of physical fitness. He used his wrists best during shooting.
He played hockey fiercely, even after retiring from the Army. This was characteristic of his excellent condition. No matter how much the spirit of athletes is beaten today, the reality is that today they come on the field to win and only win. Now the spirit of the game is left to say. His discipline started after becoming a soldier in the army at the age of 16 as a soldier in the Brahmin Regiment, until he became a major and became India’s hockey captain.
In 1936, India scored 6 goals in the final over Germany at the Olympics in Berlin. Then the German players started playing something rough to stop Dhyanchand. Dhyanchand then see brother Darya, now we do not score more on Germany. We will not leave any stone unchanged in showing the skill of ball control to these German players with our artistic hockey. Then our whole team accepted him. We made a lot of German players, but still we won the final 8-1 and won the gold medal for the third time in hockey in the Olympics.
This prediction of Dhyanchand made him the great center forward through the ages. He went free with both right and left end and carried the ball and according to Manmarji used to score goals. He used to score safe goals on half-time goals. It may sound bitter, but it is true that Dhyanchand is gaining respect in the hockey world more than in India.
Dhyanchand’s birth is celebrated as Sports Day on August 29, 1995. A Lifetime Achievement Award in coaching is also given in his name Dhyanchand. All sports prizes are also awarded. Each country is at the forefront of honoring its legend with the nation’s greatest honor. It is sad not only for Indian hockey but also for the country that many of his former sons, Dilip Tirkey, Ajit Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, including his middle son Ashok Kumar Singh, have been invited to bring Bharat Ratna to Dhyanchand dedicated to hockey and only hockey in a meaningless way. And the pleas of the big test spinner government like Zafar Iqbal and Kholompian and Bishan Singh Bedi had no effect.
Dhyanchand’s name was first sent to Bharat Ratna in 2012, and then he continued to receive this award. As soon as Sachin Tendulkar said goodbye to cricket in 2013, he got Bharat Ratna on lawyer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajiv Shukla. The same question arose when Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2013, why was Dhyanchand not the first highest civilian award?
Today’s hero may be Sachin Tendulkar, but if any of the greatest Indian players ever are discussed, Dhyanchand will undoubtedly always be at the forefront. Its purpose is not to underestimate Sachin Tendulkar. The motive is that the players who were first entitled to Bharat Ratna were only Dhyanchand.
Sachin could have waited for Bharat Ratna to be given. The question is the same today when Bharat Ratna Dhyanchand himself got Bharat Ratna? It is to be hoped that Dhyanchand will soon be handed over with Bharat Ratna and he will get the honor for which he is an officer.