Dhyan Chand immortalised in comic book series

The 64-page graphic-biography was launched by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium here.

Updated: August 30, 2013 10:44 IST
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New Delhi: Major Dhyan Chand is remembered as the greatest hockey player ever. Unfortunately, if you want to read about him, watch videos of him playing or see his pictures, there isn't much available on the internet.

All this is bound to change soon though as the life of Major Dhyan Chand is now part of a comic book. A book titled Dhyan Chand - The Wizard of Hockey, was launched on Thursday in the capital to mark his 108th birth anniversary.

Speaking to NDTV, the editor of Amar Chitra Katha, Reena Puri said, "The idea is to create role models for the country. Dhyan Chand was the 1st name that came up on the list. We hope that by telling his story we can inspire the current generation."

Legend has it that Adolf Hitler was so enamoured by Dhyan Chand's hockey skills that he had offered him German Citizenship, which the Indian declined.

And former hockey players, who had the privilege to play with Dhyan Chand still remember the legend and the magic of the man.

'Dhyan Chand was my coach in 1963. I use to play in centre forward and I remember Dhyanchand advicing me to keep the ball away from my hockey stick as I had great speed. I took his advice and that changed my game forever. I feel blessed to have been coached by him," says Harbinder Singh, who was a part of India's hockey team which won gold in the 1964 Olympics.

For today's generation the greatest Indian sportsman will most probably be Sachin Tendulkar. Maybe because the current generation didn't have the privilege of seeing Major Dhyan Chand. This book will hopefully help them understand the importance of the Hockey legend in Indian sports history.

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