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Dhanraj Pillay

May 12, 2011

Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay



Dhanraj Pillay is an Indian hockey player and the erstwhile captain of the Indian hockey team. He was born on july 16, 1968 in Khadki, Maharashtra. As a young boy, Pillay would spend his time playing hockey with his brothers. His idol was hockey player Mohammed Shahid. Later on, Pillay and his older brother moved to Mumbai. His brother, Ramesh, played in the Mumbai League as well as several international hockey matches for India. Ramesh was a major source of inspiration and guidance to his younger brother. Pillay made his international hockey debut playing in 1989 at the Allwyn Asia Cup in New Delhi.
Pillay’s illustrious hockey career spanned 15 years, during which played over 330 international matches for Indial. He played for the Indian hockey team at the Olympics four times – in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. He also played in four world cups, four Champions Trophies and four Asian Games. He was the captain of the Indian team when the country won the 1998 Asian Games and the 2003 Asia Cup.
Dhanraj Pillay has received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the Padma Shri. He was also named the player of the Tournament at the Champions Trophy of 2002 in Germany. At the moment, he is the Indian hockey team’s manager and is also a member of the ad-hoc committee.

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