Dhanraj Pillay

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Dhanraj Pillay

Born: 16 July 1968

  • He is a retired Indian field hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team.
  • He currently serves as the manager of the team.
  • He is also a member of the ad hoc committee of the Indian Hockey Federation, formed after the suspension of Kanwar Pal Singh Gill.
  • As a player, he is regarded one of India’s best ever.
  • He born to a Tamil family made his debut in 1989 with the national team and in a career spanning over 15 years, appeared for India in four Olympic Games, World Cups and Champion Trophies each.
  • He made 339 appearances for the national team and is recorded, unofficially, to have scored 170 goals.
  • He also played for clubs in countries such as Malaysia, France, England and Germany.
  • Recognizing his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2000.
  • He is the recipient of India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 1999–2000.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award in 2001.
  • He was the captain of the 1998 Asian Games and 2003 Asia Cup winning hockey team.
  • He was awarded the player of the tournament award in the 2002 Champions trophy held at Cologne, Germany.
  • In 2017 East Bengal club conferred Pillay with Bharat Gaurav.
  • He is currently involved in trying to start a hockey academy at Mumbai.
  • To raise funds for his academy he is heading a drive to collect empty plastic printer cartridges in Mumbai and sell them to a European recycling firm.

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