Dhyan Chand

1905 - 1979

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Major Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) was an Indian field hockey player, widely regarded as one of the greatest field hockey players in history. He was known for his extraordinary ball control and goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932 and 1936, during an era where India dominated field hockey. His influence extended beyond these victories, as India won the field hockey event in seven out of eight Olympics from 1928 to 1964.Known as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control, Chand played internationally from 1926 to 1949, where he scored 570 goals in 185 matches according to his autobiography, Goal, and over 1000 goals in his entire domestic and international career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dhyan Chand has received more than 3,427,957 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Dhyan Chand is the 4,998th most popular politician (up from 7,710th in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from India (up from 223rd in 2019) and the 48th most popular Politician.

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Among politicians, Dhyan Chand ranks 4,998 out of 15,577Before him are Danilo I, Prince of Montenegro, Philip I of Macedon, Jizi, Pridi Banomyong, Eupraxia of Kiev, and Saionji Kinmochi. After him are Prince Adalbert of Prussia, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Amadeus II, Count of Savoy, Yoshirō Mori, Mohamed Boudiaf, and Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

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Among people born in 1905, Dhyan Chand ranks 63Before him are Sebastian Shaw, Piet Hein, Heinz Lammerding, Dolores del Río, Daniil Kharms, and Enrique Ballestrero. After him are James J. Braddock, Emílio Garrastazu Médici, Erika Mann, Pierre Levegh, Wolfram Sievers, and Joseph Kosma. Among people deceased in 1979, Dhyan Chand ranks 51Before him are Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Abul A'la Maududi, Mamie Eisenhower, Conrad Hilton, Teruo Nakamura, and Konstantin Simonov. After him are Dimitri Tiomkin, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Charles Mingus, Yuen Siu-tien, Alfredo Ottaviani, and Rudi Dutschke.

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Among people born in India, Dhyan Chand ranks 156 out of 1,493Before him are B. K. S. Iyengar (1918), Mahadevi Varma (1907), Mariam-uz-Zamani (1542), S. R. Ranganathan (1892), Ravi Shankar (1956), and Lala Lajpat Rai (1865). After him are Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), Jayadeva (1170), Sambhaji (1657), Subramania Bharati (1882), Bahadur Shah I (1643), and M. Visvesvaraya (1861).


Among politicians born in India, Dhyan Chand ranks 48Before him are Zakir Husain (1897), Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (1924), Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay (1887), V. V. Giri (1894), Green Boots (null), and Lala Lajpat Rai (1865). After him are Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), Sambhaji (1657), Bahadur Shah I (1643), M. Visvesvaraya (1861), Krishnadevaraya (1471), and Birsa Munda (1875).