National Sports Day: Enchanting legacy of ‘Wizard of Indian Hockey’ Major Dhyan Chand

10:28 AM Aug 29, 2023 | Team Udayavani |

National Sports Day in India, celebrated on August 29, isn’t just another date on the calendar. It’s a day that shines a spotlight on the legendary Major Dhyan Chand, the man who turned the sport of hockey into a mesmerizing art form. As we celebrate this day, let’s take a journey into the life and legacy of the hockey wizard whose name continues to echo through the annals of Indian sports history.


Dhyan Chand’s journey from the dusty streets of India to the world stage was nothing short of extraordinary. His prowess with a hockey stick and his uncanny ability to find the back of the net set him apart as a true sports icon.

Imagine a player with such extraordinary ball control that he was aptly nicknamed “The Wizard of Hockey.” The mere mention of his name evoked awe and respect, not just among his fellow players but also in the hearts of his opponents.

The Olympics were Dhyan Chand’s playground, where he etched his name in golden letters. With three consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1936, he wasn’t just a player; he was a maestro, orchestrating victories that made India proud.

Over the span of his international career from 1926 to 1948, he played 185 matches and scored an incredible 570 goals.


Beyond the records and victories, it was Dhyan Chand’s humility that truly set him apart. Despite his fame, he remained a grounded individual, always attributing his success to the sport and his teammates. His sportsmanship was an example to all, showcasing that greatness isn’t just about talent; it’s about character.

One anecdote that perfectly captures Dhyan Chand’s extraordinary abilities revolves around a hockey stick inspection in the Netherlands. So amazed were the Dutch by his skillful ball control that they thought his stick had a hidden magnet. To put the theory to rest, they even broke his stick in half, only to realize that his magic wasn’t confined to his equipment. With a borrowed walking cane, Dhyan Chand continued to weave his enchanting spells, scoring goals effortlessly.

Dhyan Chand’s impact extends beyond the awards and accolades. The Dhyan Chand Award honors those who continue to contribute to sports even after their playing days are over. His legacy lives on not just in the history books but also on the field, as aspiring athletes strive to emulate his magical skills and unassuming persona.

So, as we celebrate National Sports Day, let’s remember Major Dhyan Chand, the man who wasn’t just a hockey player, but a legend whose legacy continues to inspire generations.


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