Hockey is a popular and exciting sport played by a lot of hockey professionals and enthusiasts all over the world. One country that really embraced the greatness of hockey as a sport is India. In India Hockey is the national game and it houses a number of excellent hockey professional players. In this regard, here are the top 10 greatest hockey players India has to offer:
10. Baboo Nimal
He was known to be amongst those excellent fullbacks in the history of Indian hockey teams. In 1936 Summer Olympics in which India captured the gold medal, he was one of the great players in the Indian hockey team.
9. Ashok Kumar
His excellent ball control and hockey skills made him extremely famous and exemplary in the world of hockey. He’s actually the son of Dhyan Chand, who happened to be an Indian hockey legend. In the year 1974, he was awarded with Arjuna Award because of his great performance in hockey.
8. Gagan Ajit Singh
He’s the son of the Indian hockey legend Ajit Singh. In the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, he’s one of the excellent players of the national hockey team of India. In these games, India captured the 7th place. The 2001 Junior World Cup title was captured by India under his captainship in the Indian junior team for hockey.
7. Ajit Pal Singh
During his time, he’s considered to be amongst the outstanding center-half in hockey the world has to offer. He’s one of those hockey players who bring honor to India when they won the championship game in the 3rd World Cup tournament in hockey in 1975.
6. Mohammed Shahid
His excellent dribbling skills in hockey made him to be a great Indian hockey player. He’s branded as “Best Forward” due to his exemplary performance in the Champions Trophy league in the year 1980. In fact, he was one of the best players in Asian All-Star team in the year 1986.
5. Balbir Singh Sr.
In the history of hockey in Olympic matches, he’s the only one who scored 5 goals. It was during the match of India and Netherlands, in which India won in a score of 6-1. He’s second on the list on Indian hockey players who won 3 gold medals in the Olympic matches.
4. Udham Singh
Despite his height disadvantage, Udham Singh still performed excellently in hockey. He’s a very successful joint Indian Olympian who won 1 silver medal and 3 gold medals in the Olympic games. He joined Helsinki hockey team in 1952, Melbourne in 1956, and Tokyo in 1964.
3. Leslie Claudius
He was known to be the finest half-back in the history of hockey. He brought honor to India the moment he won 3 gold and 1 silver medals in Olympic games. For 4 consecutive Olympic games, he represented India and won 100 caps.
2. Dhanraj Pillay
As far as mazy dribbling and intricate stick-work are concerned, the name Dhanraj Pillay can never be forgotten. It was on December 1989 when he started playing hockey. He’s an excellent player of the national hockey team of India in several Olympic games, World Cups, Asian Games, and Champions Trophy games.
1. Dhyan Chand
Because of his brilliant ball control and stick-work, Dhyan Chand was branded as “The Wizard” in the hockey world. He gave honor to India when he won 3 Olympic gold medals from playing hockey. He acquired these during 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and 1936 Berlin Olympics.
These are the top 10 greatest hockey players of India ever. Without a doubt, they are the prides of India when it comes to hockey.