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 the greatest field hockey player in history and one of the greatest players of all time according to Britannica Encyclopaedia. 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 3,280,123 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Dhyan Chand is the 7,716th most popular politician (down from 7,092nd in 2019), the 223rd most popular biography from India (down from 197th in 2019) and the 71st most popular Indian Politician.

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Among politicians, Dhyan Chand ranks 7,716 out of 15,710Before him are Kamehameha III, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Baden-Durlach, Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne, Manuel III of Trebizond, and Erik Scavenius. After him are Fuad Chehab, Konstantin Pobedonostsev, Xu Shichang, Souvanna Phouma, Spurius Cassius Viscellinus, and Juan Belmonte.

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Among people born in 1905, Dhyan Chand ranks 107Before him are Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Nathan Homer Knorr, Louis Harold Gray, Gareth Jones, and Edgar Snow. After him are Hiroshi Inagaki, Joseph Bonanno, Nobuhito, Prince Takamatsu, Frits Philips, Eduard Tubin, and Michael Powell. Among people deceased in 1979, Dhyan Chand ranks 82Before him are Louis Paul Boon, Darryl F. Zanuck, Léonide Massine, Carlo Abarth, Waldemar de Brito, and James J. Gibson. After him are José Della Torre, Henrich Focke, Ahmad Zahir, Immanuel Velikovsky, Barbara Hutton, and Walther Gerlach.

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Among people born in India, Dhyan Chand ranks 223 out of 1,227Before him are Charan Singh (1902), K. Kamaraj (1903), Jaya Bachchan (1948), Abhinavagupta (950), Feroze Gandhi (1912), and Rajaram I (1670). After him are Jim Corbett (1875), Inayat Khan (1882), Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897), Mohammed Rafi (1924), Anna Hazare (1937), and Rajendra K. Pachauri (1940).


Among politicians born in India, Dhyan Chand ranks 71Before him are Liaquat Ali Khan (1895), Lala Lajpat Rai (1865), Charan Singh (1902), K. Kamaraj (1903), Feroze Gandhi (1912), and Rajaram I (1670). After him are Krishnadevaraya (1471), Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1913), Rajaraja I (947), Hyder Ali (1720), Kocheril R. Narayanan (1921), and Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana (1556).