Reasons why Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

Reasons why Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

Dhyan Chand was among the nominees considered for India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna for 2014.Supporters of Dhyan Chand and his family members were disappointed with government decision as he was not given this award.Sachin Tendulkar and C.N Rao got this award.The RTI was filed which suggested that the Prime Minister’s Office had ignored the recommendation from sports ministry on giving the award over Sachin Tendulkar.

This is not a battle between two greats of their own fields  nor it is a conflict between hockey vs cricket.Both of them are undoubtedly the legends of their own sport.

Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.


Reasons why Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

“Heroes get remembered but legends never die”. This statement is highly justified for the case of major dhyan chand.No doubt that sachin tendulkar can be regarded as living legend but hockey wizard dhyan chand inspite of being nominated for bharat ratna and not getting it cannot be considered a very good decision .

About Major Dhyan Chand

Dhyan chand was born  on 29 august,1905 in Allahabad ,Uttar pradesh.Dhyan chand had two brothers,Mool singh and Roop singh.His father Swaroop singh dutt was an army man in british army.Due to his father being transferred to several places across India ,Dhyan chand had to change his school after some months or year.

Dhyan Chand joined army at the age of 16 years ,between 1922 to 1926 he played regimental games and hockey tournaments.Chand was promoted as lance Naik after coming back from New Zealand tour.

Title of Chand.

Dhyan Singh practiced at night when moon came out , when visibility increased because at that time there were no flood lights.This became the reason for him getting the title of ‘chand’ by his fellow players.(Chand literally means moon) .

wizard’s journey to olympics:

Amsterdam summer olympics 1928:                                                        (gold medal)

match                                                              result

India VS Austria                                                  6-0

India vs Belgium                                               9-0

India vs Denmark                                              5-0

India vs Switzerland                                          6-0   (semi final)

India vs Netherlands                                          3-0 (final)

status and events

  • Indian team won its first gold medal
  • Chand was the top scorer of the tournament by a large margin, scoring 14 goals in 5 matches.
  • After India’s win , a newspaper wrote “This is not a game of hockey, but magic. Dhyan Chand is in fact the magician of hockey.”

Los Angeles olympics 1932:                                         (gold medal)

match                                                                      result

India vs japan                                                           11-1

India vs U.S.A                                                            24-1   (final)

1932 olymics final

Reasons why Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

status and events

  • India won its second Olympic gold.
  • Chand along with his brother Roop, scored 25 out of the 35 goals scored by India.

Berlin Olympics 1936                                             (gold medal)

1936 berlin

Reasons why Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.


match                                                           result

India vs Hungary                                             4-0

India vs USA                                                      7-0

India vs japan                                                  9-0

India vs France                                                10-0      (semi final)

India vs Germany                                             8-1        (final)

status and events

  • India won its third consecutive gold.
  • Among the rumors about his skills, some say that once Hitler offered Dhyan Chand German citizenship and a position in the German Military following his exceptional performance in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Overall, in 3 Olympic tournaments, Chand had scored 33 goals in 12 matches.

some famous quotes , events and statements about Dhyan Chand :

  • Once, while playing a hockey game, Major Dhyan Chand was not able to score a goal against the opposition team. After several misses, he argued with the match referee regarding the measurement of the goal post, and amazingly, it was found to not be in conformation with the official width of a goal post under international rules.
  • Cricket world’s legend Don Bradman and Hockey’s greatest player Dhyan Chand once came face to face at Adelaide in 1935, when the Indian hockey team was in Australia. After watching Dhyan Chand in action, Don Bradman remarked “He scores goals like runs in cricket
  • Residents of Vienna, Austria, honored him by setting up a statue of him with four hands and four sticks, depicting his control and mastery over the ball.
  • In the Netherlands, the authorities broke his hockey stick to check if there was a magnet inside.

Reasons why Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

 Legends legacy :

  • He scored more than 1000 goals during his career.
  • Chand’s birthday (29 august ) is celebrated as national sports day in India.
  • Dhyan chand award is the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports.

During his last days he was short of money and was neglected.He developed liver cancer and was admitted in a general ward of AIIMS.He died on 3 December 1979 at AIIMS,Delhi. He was cremated at Jhansi heroes ground in his hometown.Punjab regiment (his regiment) accorded him full military honors.


Dhyan chand wiki details|amazing facts


such legends are never born,they are gifted.he deserves honor like Bharat Ratna ,which he should have got quite earlier. (keeping in view the interval after completion of Sachin’s career after which he got that honor.)


  • vikrant

    #legend #as well a true indian… Hitler offered him money and high post in german army but he refused…but in the end incident took place wen he was not recognized by security staff..a champion of game was not able to watch that hockey watch and Jawahar Lal Nehru was also present there.. Many countries like Germany,austrlia had gave him many awards but India forgot his hero..shame on India

    • Ankit Sharma guidinghawk

      exactly @ vikrant,the legend was later neglected .if you want to share something related to dhyan chand or anything else ,your views are always welcomed.

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