Written By Akshat Bhatia (Grade 3)
Hi friends! As you all know that hockey is our national game and Major Dhyan Chand is the best player for India in hockey. He was born on 29th August 1905 in Prayagraj. He was also called Dadda Ji, The Wizard of Hockey and also The Magician of Hockey. He won three consecutive Olympic medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 for hockey. He also got the 3rd highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan.
Once, Major Dhyan Chand’s hockey stick was checked by hockey authorities personnel in the Netherlands. Hockey authorities personnel said that Dhyan Chand, can you give your hockey stick to us? Dhyan Chand happily said yes, sure and gave the hockey to the hockey authorities personnel. They continued the conversation and said that can we break it because we doubt that you have a magnet in your hockey stick which pulls the ball towards the hockey stick. Major Dhyan Chand said yes, you can break it. Hockey authorities personnel broke his hockey stick and found nothing. Hockey authorities personnel said sorry to Major Dhyan Chand. There an old grandmother came and said if you play with my stick then I will salute you. Major Dhyan Chand accepted and played with her hockey stick. He scored many goals with the help of that old grandmother’s stick. Then she took her stick and saluted Major Dhyan Chand.
I think now you will also salute Major Dhyan Chand. He passed away on 3rd December 1979. After that, his statue was built in Jhansi. A Germany ruler, Adolf Hitler wanted to rule the world but Major Dhyan Chand ruled him.
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