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Farokh Engineer
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Glenn McGrath
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Richie Benaud
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Sir Donald George Bradman
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Are you a Winner or a Quitter?
Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers
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Sir Len
Summer Tips
Myth No. 10
Myth No. 9
Myth No. 8
Myth No. 7
Sir Neville Cardus
Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar
Myth No 6
Focus on Dreams
Martina Navratilova
Stephen Rodger Waugh
Myth No. 5
David Gower's Curry
Practice to Perfect!
Bhagwat Subramaniam Chandrasekhar
Myth No. 4
Myth No. 3
Failure
Anju George
Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar
Myth No. 2
Steffi Graf
Arthur Mailey
Laws of Success in Sport
Lala Amarnath
Myth No. 1
Sachin Slogs, but Smiles too!
Mansur Ali Khan of Pataudi
Mulvantrai Himatlal 'Vinoo' Mankad
Building Muscles
Intimidating Opponents
Muhammad Ali
Baichung Bhutia
Sandeep Madhusudan Patil
Finding Time
Derek Randall
Ronaldo
Sanath Jayasuriya
Stretching
Step outside comfort zone
Chris Evert-Mills
Ajit Laxman Wadekar
Stay in the Present
Pahelam Ratanji Umrigar
Pele
John McEnroe
Lance Armstrong
Marion Jones
Tiger Woods
Bob Beamon
Flexibility
Speed and Agility
Heart Endurance
Muscle Endurance
Muscle Power
Muscle Strength
Wilma Rudolph
Teofilo Stevenson
Sergei Bubka
Raymond Ewry
P.T.Usha
Paavo Nurmi
Naim Suleimanov
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Greg Louganis
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Fanny Blankers-Koen
Emil Zatopek
Edwin Moses
Dick Fosbury
Dhyan Chand
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Carl Lewis
Bob Beamon
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David Beckham
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You are Your Dreams
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Mohinder Amarnath
Clive Lloyd
Javagal Srinath
Stanley McCabe
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Sachin Tendulkar
Trueman's Wit
Jesse Owens
Fred Spofforth & the Ashes
Enthusiasm
Inspirational Poem
Dhyan Chand

Dhanraj Pillay


Dhanraj Pillay, the mercurial Indian Airlines and India striker is one of the all time greats of the Indian sport. He was born on 16th of July 1978 at Kirkee (near Pune) in Maharashtra. Wiry, 5’.8” tall, tremendously fit for his 35 years and a heart that is bigger than anybody else in the world of hockey, Pillay has brought romance back into the game of hockey through his personality, his grit and his recent performances with the Indian hockey team.
Pillay spent his youth in the Ordinance Factory staff colony in Kirkee, where his father was a groundsman. Playing on the soft, muddy surface of the OFK ground with his brothers and friends from the colony, he learnt his skills with broken sticks and discarded hockey balls, imitating the style of legendary forward and idol, Mohammed Shahid. His mother, whom he gives all the credit for his greatness, encouraged all her five sons to play hockey despite leading a hand-to-mouth existence.
Dhanraj moved to Mumbai in the mid-eighties to join his elder brother Ramesh, who was playing for RCF in the Mumbai league. Ramesh had already played for India in international matches, and his guidance helped Dhanraj develop as a potent, speedy striker. He then moved over to Mahindra & Mahindra where he was tutored for greatness by India defender, Joaquim Carvalho. With excellent performances for his employers and for Mumbai in the national championships, it was only a matter of time before he took his rightful place in the Indian hockey team, which he did in the Asia Cup of 1989.
Pillay is the only Indian to have played in 3 Olympic Games, 3 World Cups and 4 Asian Games. He has also played for foreign clubs like the Indian Gymkhana (London), FC Lyon (France), Selangor (Kuala Lumpur), Abhahani Limited (Dhaka) and Stuttgart Kickers (Stuttgart). He was also the highest goal scorer in the Bangkok Asian Games and was the only Indian player to figure in the World Eleven side during the 1994 World Cup at Sydney. He is a recipient of the Arjuna Award (1995) and the K.K. Birla Award (1998-99) for excellence in Sports. He has also received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1999) and been conferred with the coveted Padma Shri in 2000.
The Indian hockey team is now sponsored by Sahara India, bringing in much needed money into the game, and Pillay has signed a contract with Percept D’Mark, which will fetch him approximately Rs. 25 lakh a year. A bachelor, he lives in Powai and drives a Ford Ikon.
Dhanraj Pillay’s dream is to be part of an Olympic Gold medal winning team.


last updated on: 7/1/2003

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