Major Dhyan Chand was one of the greatest players in hockey. He gave India 3 gold medals in the Olympics. Born on August 29, 1905 in Allahabad, he had played hockey till the age of 42 and retired from hockey in 1948. Major Dhyan Chand died in 1979 due to cancer on 3rd December.
Achievement of Dhyan Chand
Dhyan Chand has won three gold medals in 19 consecutive Olympics(1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles and 1936 Berlin) has made Indian sport proud in history.
Hitler left the field in the first half
The final match was between India and Germany. At half time India’s performance was not so appreciable. The day before the match, Germany received heavy rains,leaving the fields wet. The Indian team didn’t had spike shoes and the flat-bottomed rubber boots were slipping constantly. The Indian captain found a solution to this problem and after half time the team played bare foot,without shoes.
Dhyan Chand made history
Hitler had gone out of the field after seeing Germany’s defeat. On the other hand, Dhyan Chand, who was playing with bare feet, started scoring goals. In this match, India won the gold medal with an 8-1 win over Germany. Hitler Didn’t came to give medals to winning Indian team.
Remember Hitler’s invitation could not sleep Dhyan Chand
The day before the finals, it was announced that Hitler will distribute the medals to the winning team and honour them. Dhyan Chand could not sleep after hearing this news. Hitler came and patted on Dhyan Chand’s back, meanwhile his eyes hit the torn shoes of Dhyan Chand and his thumb coming out of the shoe. After that Hitler came to know that the Indian player was at a small position in the Punjab Regiment of the British Indian Army.
Hitler retreated after hearing Dhyan Chand’s answer
Hitler offered Dhyan Chand to become a colonel in the army and stay back in Germany. He suddenly became overwhelmed with the proposal but did not let his emotions fall on his face. He politely answered to Hitler refusing his proposal, “India is my country and I am proud of the Punjab Regiment”.