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Where did it all start for Dhyan Chand?

Even as a kid, he had amazing natural ability.

But his talent for hockey was nurtured when he joined the army at 16.

Because he had to carry out all his army duties during the day, Dhyan would often practice his skills at night.

That may have been the reason why he was given the new name "Chand" - which means moon - instead of "Singh", the name he was born with.

So how did he become known as the Hockey Wizard?

When he single-handedly sealed a dramatic last-ditch victory for his team in an important army cup final.

Spectators could hardly believe their eyes as he netted three stunning goals in four minutes to secure the trophy after his side had looked to be down and out.

He was always known as the Hockey Wizard after that.

What about his international career?

Dhyan Chand had already won two Olympic golds when he really made his mark on the world scene at the Berlin games in 1936.

India ran rings around host team Germany in the final.

So much so that the Germans resorted to rough tactics, leaving Chand with a broken tooth.

Having already scored six goals Chand decided to teach the Germans a lesson in good sportsmanship.

So, each time he or one of his team-mates got into the circle, instead of shooting for goal, they back-passed to their opponents!

India still ran out 8-1 winners, collecting their third consecutive Olympic gold.

Any other feats of note?

Far too many to mention here!

Dhyan Chand led India on a tour to Australia prior to the Berlin Olympics.

The team played 48 matches with Chand scoring a whopping 200 of their 584 goals.

Aussie cricket legend Donald Bradman was so impressed he asked whether the tally had been racked up by a hockey player or a batsman!


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The hockey wizard
His amazing feats

Chand's Olympic golds
Amsterdam 1928: Scored twice to help India to a three-goal win over the Netherlands in the Olympic final
Los Angeles 1932: Scored eight goals during India's record 24-1 thrashing of the United States
Berlin 1936: Collects hat-trick of Olympic golds following an 8-1 win over host team Germany



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