India isn’t on the market: Ex-hockey coach remembers Dhyanchand’s response to Hitler

New Delhi, August 10

The date August 15 holds a fantastic significance for each Indian around the globe however 11 years earlier than that day in 1947, the Indian flag flew highest in one other a part of the world — Germany.

At the 1936 Olympics, the gamers of the Indian hockey group have been creating an unbelievable kind of frenzy round them, courtesy of their performances in entrance of packed arenas of Berlin.

France felt the brunt of India’s may within the semi-final, particularly from Major Dhyanchand, who scored 4 of group’s 10 targets to utterly annihilate the European powerhouse. The stage was now set for India to tackle hosts Germany on August 15. However, the temper contained in the Indian camp wasn’t that of pleasure however of worry and nervousness. The purpose being Adolf Hitler who was scheduled to observe the ultimate together with greater than 40,000 Germans.

Come the fateful day, Dhyanchand ran riot in entrance of the fuhrer, and what adopted subsequent holds rather more significance that simply an Olympic gold.

“It was Dada Dhyanchand, called the wizard of hockey, who in 1936 Berlin Olympics had scored six goals against Germans as India had won 8-1. Hitler had saluted Dada Dhyanchand as he offered him to join the German Army,” former India hockey coach Saiyed Ali Sibtain Naqvi instructed IANS.

“It was through the prize distribution ceremony and Dada was silent for a number of seconds, even the packed stadium went utterly silent and feared that if Dhyanchand refused the provide then the dictator may shoot him. Dada had narrated this to me that he replied to Hitler with closed eyes however in a daring voice of an Indian soldier that ‘India isn’t on the market’.

“To the utter shock of the whole stadium, Hitler saluted him, as a substitute of shaking his hand and mentioned, ‘German nation salutes you for the love of your nation India and your nationalism.’

His title of ‘Wizard of Hockey’ was additionally conferred by Hitler. Such gamers are born hardly ever in centuries,” he added.

Naqvi additionally gave an perception into what variations he finds in hockey of yesteryear compared to up to date occasions. India continues to be longing to recreate their age-old efficiency, particularly within the Olympics, and whereas there have been some encouraging shows, the gulf in school between the 2 totally different generational groups is clearly obvious.

“The Indian team at present is being trained and coached by European and Australians and now are playing in the European style. They have changed the entire concept of artistic hockey and mainly concentrate on physical fitness,” mentioned Naqvi, who additionally coached the ladies’s group at 1978 Women’s World Cup in Madrid.

“The Australian coaches attempt to train them a mixture of European and Indian model which is why they’re profitable. Though the current Indian group is younger however their performances aren’t constant. It has been noticed in some essential and essential matches they’ve misplaced the sport in dying minutes. The defence crumbles in opposition to the quick European groups.

“During my time the Indian group gamers have been masters of their positions and carried nice confidence. They have been creative dribblers, masters in several strokes they usually had nice nationwide spirit to fly the tricolours in Olympics. Each participant was conferred and might obtain high type.

“Old team had master penalty corner and penalty strokes specialists such as Trilochan Singh, R.S Gentle, Prithipal Singh, Rajinder Singh and MP Singh. For example, in 1956 Melbourne Olympics, R.S Gentle rightfully brought back victory through penalty corner against Pakistan. Similarly in 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Mohinder Lal scored through penalty stroke and India won the Olympics,” the previous coach added.

India are presently ranked fourth on the earth following their string of constant performances. They are actually prepared, in response to Naqvi, to reclaim their throne at subsequent yr’s Olympics in Tokyo.

“Yes, India is capable with young team led by Manpreet Singh as the captain. He is my favourite as well. It is expected that the team will be in the top four position. And the rest is on luck,” the celebrated coach mentioned.


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