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On August 29, 2018, Major Dhyan Chand would have been 113-years-old and to remember him, prominent personalities from all walks of life are taking to Twitter and posting messages. Be it Tendulkar, Modi or Akshay Kumar, all have tweeted and in this article, we will show you how they reminisced the legend. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar - Venkatesh Prasad Picks The Best Captain he Played Under
In his heydays, Dhyan Chand was considered as a force to reckon with and he would singlehandedly breach the defence of opposing teams. Despite producing a plethora of exceptional hockey talent, the name of ‘Dhyan Chand’ still remains on the top of the tree only because of his sheer unmatchable skills and his exploits with the stick in national jersey.
He was given the name – Dhyan Chand (real name – Dhyan Singh) by his friends as he used to practice during the late night hours under the moon’s light (referred as Chand in Hindi).
Famous dictator – Adolf Hitler was very impressed with the game of Dhyan Chand that he offered him German citizenship and the rank of Colonel in his army.