Top 5 Best Hockey Players of India: There is confusion whether or not field hockey is the national sport of India. But there is no doubt about the glorious history of this game. Even its history is much richer than other popular sports in India like- cricket, football, tennis, basketball, and chess. Once there was a golden era of Indian hockey. India ruled the international field hockey until the mid-1970s. So far they won the record number of eight Olympic gold medals which is still unbeaten. India also won its inaugural men’s Hockey World Cup held in 1975. India was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation.
To bring back its good time and save the once India’s popular sport, the Indian government should take all the necessary steps.
India is the best group ever. Despite.languishing in the fifth spot in the World rankings right now, India has created many best players all through her history. In spite of the fact that, India has diminished away generally, her accomplishments are unparalleled and when discussing the best hockey players, no rundown would be finished without including players from the subcontinent.There have been a lot of players who have caught the consideration of the watchers with shining stickwork, mazy runs, splendid safeguarding and their goalscoring prowess.We attempt our best to limit the rundown down to only 5 of the best hockey players India has delivered.
Top 5 Best Hockey Players of India
Udham Singh appeared for India in 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics. He won 3 gold and 1 silver, which is a record medal tally in Olympic field hockey category. Singh was a specialist fullback for the team but his adaptability to play from the left inside, right inside, center forward and the center half, adds a title of great to his name. He also served as the coach for the national team. His coaching won India a bronze medal at 1968 Mexico Olympics and a silver at 1970 Asian games at Bangkok. For his continued services to the game, Indian government honored him with Arjuna award in 1965.
In spite of the fact that Dhanraj Pillay wasn’t conceived in the brilliant era of Indian hockey, his name is first on the lips of players who have hypnotized us with many-sided stickwork and mazy spilling. He made his introduction in December 1989 and hung his boots in August 2004 after a heavenly profession which saw him, commander, the Indian side as well. Pillay is the main player to have spoken to the nation in 4 Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004), 4 World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002), 4 Asian Games (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002) and 4 Champions Trophies (1995, 1996, 2002 and 2003). Under his captaincy, India won the 1998 Asian Games and 2003 Asian Cup.
Balbir Singh Sr. is the main player in the historical backdrop of the game to have scored 5 objectives in an Olympic match where he scored 5 of every a 6-1 win against the Netherlands in the last. Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). He captained the group at the Melbourne Olympics and was the second in order at Helsinki. He additionally spoke to the Indian group which comes back with silver decorations from the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
The best player to have graced the diversion, Major Dhyan Chand was known as ‘The Wizard’ cordiality of his splendid stick-work and ball control. You would be stunned to realize that his genuine name is not Dhyan Chand. He was dedicated ‘Dhyan Singh’ during childbirth and he was named Dhyan Chand by his colleagues as he used to hone in the night when by and large the moon, Chand, is visible. Dhyan Chand has won three Olympic Gold decorations for India, winning the Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932) and Berlin (1936) Olympics. He is the most elevated goalscorer in hockey, with more than 400 objectives over his vocation. Watching him play, Australian amazing batsman Don Bradman paid a sparkling tribute to him saying, “He (Dhyan Chand) scores objectives like keeps running in cricket”.
Ashok Kumar is not only known by his father’s name, Dhyan Chand, who is a legendary hockey player but also he is known as one of the great Indian hockey players of India. He earned name and fame for his exceptional skills and ball control. He was one of the few players who played in the World Cup four times. However, he will be remembered for scoring the winning goal to ensured India’s 2-1 victory against Pakistan in the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup held in Kuala Lumpur. He also represented India in two Olympic Games. He was presented the Arjuna Award in 1974.