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Famous Indian Hockey Players

The Indian hockey team is the national men's team of India representing the field hockey on the international hockey forum. It was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation. Indian hockey team has also been the winner of the Olympic gold medal eight times, which is a record in itself. The Indian hockey team has always been full of wizards of the game. From the legendary Dhyan Chand to the inspirational Dhanraj Pillay, Indian hockey players have delighted hockey connoisseurs around the world. Read on to explore more about some of the famous Indian hockey players.

Dhyan Chand
Dhyam Chand was arguably the greatest player the game of hockey in the world. He has won three Olympic gold medals and has also be rewarded with the third highest civilian award of India-the Padma Bhushan. His genius went beyond national boundaries and he is still remembered as the most talented player India ever had.

Leslie Claudius
Leslie Claudius is one of the most famous players of the Indian hockey team. Born on March 25, 1927, Claudius is regarded as one of the finest right-halves Indian hockey team ever had.

Balbir Singh Sr.
Born on October 10, 1924, Balbir Singh Sr. was one of the best centre-forwards to have played for India. He was a member of the gold winning Indian team in the Olympic for three consecutive tournaments.

Ajit Pal Singh
Ajit Pal was one of the most outstanding centre-half the Indain hocket team ever had. He was also the captain of the World Cup winning hockey team in 1975.

Udham Singh
Udham Singh was one of the best hockey players and coach the Indian hockey team ever has. He was also an Arjuna Award receiver.

K. D. Singh Babu
Kunwar Digvijay Singh, popularly knows as K. D. Singh Babu was born in Bara Banki in UP. He is one of the few hockey players to receive Padma Shree, one of the highest Civilian Award in the country.

Mohammed Shahid
Mohammad Shahid was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He is regarded as one of the best forwards of Indian hockey team ever. He has been awarded with Padma Shree, one of the highest Civilian Award in the country as well as with Arjuna Award.

Dhanraj Pillay
Dhanraj Pillay is one of the ace Indian strikers of the Indian team ever. He was born on July 16, 1968 at Kirkee in Maharashtra. He has been awarded with prestigious awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Padma Shree, one of the highest Civilian Award in the country.

Gagan Ajit Singh
Gagan Ajit Singh is one of the foundations of the present Indian hockey team. Born on December 9, 1980, at Ferozepore, Punjab, Singh belongs to a family of ace hockey players. He is one of the finest centre forwards the Indian hockey team ever had.