Dhanraj Pillay

Profession: Indian field hockey player (Retired), Politician

Brother of Dhanraj Pillay

Ramesh Pillay and 3 more

Father of Dhanraj Pillay

Nagalingam Pillay

Favourite Sportsperson(s) of Dhanraj Pillay

Saina Nehwal, M.S Dhoni, Viswanathan Anand

Mother of Dhanraj Pillay


Favourite Hockey Player(s) of Dhanraj Pillay

Ramesh Pillay, Mohammed Shahid, Zafar Iqbal

Favourite Sportsperson(s) of Dhanraj Pillay

Saina Nehwal, M.S Dhoni, Viswanathan Anand

Awards, Honours, Achievements of Dhanraj Pillay

Recipient of The Arjun Award (1995)
Recipient of The Padma Shri (2001)
East Bengal club conferred him with Bharat Gaurav (2017)

Controversy of Dhanraj Pillay

Pillay was not selected in the Indian Team after the win at the Bangkok Asiad. The Management gave the reason that he and 6 other players were made to rest but it was said that it was due to his outburst against the management for improper reception and non-payment of match fees  

Information about Dhanraj Pillay

In his career spanning from 1989-2004, he played 339 matches and scored around 170 goals  As a child, he used to play Hockey on the muddy surface with broken sticks and discarded hockey balls.  Dhanraj Pillay played his last match in the 2004 Athens Olympics.  He was made the Captain of the Indian Hockey team and under his captaincy, India won the Asian Games (1998), where he was the top goal scorer and also the Asia Cup (2003).  Does Dhanraj Pillay drink alcohol?: Not Known  In 1988, he played his first National Hockey Tournament in Delhi.  He is also the proud recipient of Arjun Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and Padma Shri.  Dhanraj Pillay was born in a poor family, and he spent his childhood in the Ordnance Factory Staff Colony where his father was a groundsman.  Dhanraj Pillay's elder brother Ramesh Pillay was also a Hockey player who used to play for RCF in the Mumbai League.  His biography called 'Forgive Me Amma' came out in 2007. In the book, he has expressed his sadness about not being able to win a gold in the Olympics and asked forgiveness from his mother.  He impressed everyone by his game and was invited by the famous Hockey player and coach Joquim Carvalho to come and play for Mahindra & Mahindra in Mumbai.  Pillay started his political career by joining the Aam Aadmi Party in February 2014.  He went to Mumbai in his youth and with the guidance of his brother Ramesh, Dhanraj turned into a good striker and was introduced to the professional Hockey.  Does Dhanraj Pillay smoke?: Not Known  Dhanraj played in the Junior National Hockey Tournament held in Manipur at the age of 17 years and further played the Sanjay Gandhi Tournament (1987) held in Delhi.  Pillay was also the only Indian player to be included in the World Eleven Team at Sydney World Cup (1994). 

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