Birth Anniversary of Dhanraj Pillay (Hockey Player)
• Dhanraj Pillay is the former captain of the Indian hockey team, Dhanraj Pillay was born on July 16, 1968 at Kirkee in Maharashtra. • He made his international debut in 1989 when he represented the nation at the Allwyn Asia Cup in New Delhi in 1989. • He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for 1999-2000, besides the Padma Shri in 2000. • The only Indian to play in four Summer Olympics, four World Hockey Cups and four Champions Trophies, he led the team to the Asian Games gold title in 2002. • He invested 15 years of his life to represent India in 339 international matches and scored over 170 goals to become India’s hockey tornado. • Dhanraj’s dribbling skills were so fast that he went past players even 10 years younger to him with ease. • Apart from leading the national side Dhanraj played in various International league and tournaments. Dhanraj Pillay represented a number of overseas Hockey clubs. The list includes Indian Gymkhana of London, HC Lyon of France, BSN HC & Telekom Malyasia HC of Malaysia, Abhahani Limited of Dhaka and HTC Stuttgart Kickers of Germany.