The life of Major Dhyan Chand, the great showman of hockey, is an open book, which everyone is well aware of. There is hardly a page in that book that we and you are not aware of. Who is not familiar with nicknames like Dadda and Hockey magician?

Who does not know about Dhyan Chand’s befitting reply to Hitler who threw the world into the second world war? Every year on August 29, the country celebrates Dadda’s birthday as National Sports Day. And, now the Government of India has also changed the name of his country’s biggest sports honor after him.

Very soon the whole story of the magician of hockey is going to be reflected on the film screen as well. But apart from all these things, there are some such things about Dadda which very few people know. Like his Delhi connection.

Dadda and his Delhiwala connection. This is where the real story begins. This is where the story of Dhyan Chand becoming a hockey magician begins. The age was 16 and the year was 1922, when he came to Delhi for the first time as a soldier to join the First Brahmin Regiment.

The Subedar of this regiment was Major Bale Tiwari. Now consider him as Dhyanchand’s guru or his first coach. But it is believed that he taught Dhyan Chand the skills of hockey, that is, he had told him how to play.

After learning every skill of playing hockey from Bale Tiwari, Dhyan Chand was soon selected in the regimental team for the annual military tournament in Delhi. Simply put, Dhyan Chand played his first major match and tournament in Delhi and as he writes in his autobiography – ‘It was from here that his place was cemented as a center forward in the team.’

The meeting of the selection of the captain of the team for the 1936 Olympics was also held in Delhi itself. In this meeting of the Hockey Federation, the name of Dhyan Chand was unanimously approved.

After Dhyan Chand was elected as the captain, the entire team gathered in Delhi on June 16 of the same year. On this date, Dhyan Chand’s team had a match with the team of Delhi Hockey XI. Dhyan Chand did not take the Delhi team seriously.

The result was that in the match played at Mori Gate ground, Delhi’s team trampled Dhyanchand’s team selected for the Olympics by 4-1. After this defeat, the captaincy of Dhyan Chand was under threat. The fear of snatching his captaincy from him started filling up. This did not happen, but this incident-filled Dhyan Chand with anger.

The effect of Dhyanchand’s anger was visible in the game on the field. His team not only won the next 5 matches but also scored 24 goals in it. It was also perhaps the effect of the anger arising after the defeat against Delhi that India ate only one goal in the 1936 Olympics.

Germany scored the only goal against him in the final. India won this final match 8-1 and became Olympic champion under the command of Dhyan Chand.


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