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Dhanraj Pillay was born on 16 July 1968. Dhanraj Pillay is a field Hockey Player and Former Captain of the Indian hockey Team. Dhanraj Pillay is currently the Manager of the Indian Hockey Team. Also Dhanraj Pillay is a Member of the Ad hoc Committee of Indian Hockey Federation, formed after the suspension of Kanwar Pal Singh Gill.

Dhanraj Pillay was born on 16 July 1968 (age 42) in Kirkee, Pune, Maharashtra, India. Dhanraj Pillay’s Playing Position was Forward Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1992 – 1993, Indian Gymkhana 78 (78) 1993,  HC Lyon 1994 – 1997,  Selangor HA 7 (8) 1997 – 1999 Abahani Ltd. 2000 HTC Stuttgart Kickers 2000 – 2001 Bank Simpanan Nasional HC 2002 Arthur Andersen HC 2002 Singapore Hockey Federation 2004 Ernst & Young HC 2005 Telekom Malaysia HC National team 1989 – India 258 (280).

Dhanraj Pillay Personal life

Dhanraj Pillay was born as the fourth son of Tamil parents Nagalingam Pillay and Andalamma at Khadki in Maharashtra. As a bachelor, Dhanraj Pillay lived in Powai while his parents lived in Khadki in Maharashtra. Dhanraj Pillay is fluent in Tamil (mother tongue), Hindi, Marathi and English.

Dhanraj Pillay Early life

Dhanraj Pillay spent his youth in the Ordnance Factory staff colony where his father was a grounds man. 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.

Dhanraj Pillay’s mother, whom he gives all the credit for his success, encouraged all her five sons to play hockey despite leading a hand-to-mouth existence.

Dhanraj Pillay 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 Pillay develop as a potent, speedy striker.

Dhanraj Pillay then moved over to Mahindra & Mahindra where he was tutored by the then Indian coach, Joaquim Carvalho.[1]

Dhanraj Pillay Debut

Dhanraj Pillay’s Debut in International Hockey was in 1989 when he represented the nation in the Allwyn Asia Cup in New Delhi.

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Dhanraj Pillay International Career

Dhanraj Pillay, whose Career spanned from December 1989 to August 2004, played 339 International Matches. The Indian Hockey Federation did not keeps Official Statistics for the Goals Scored. There is no Credible Information on the number of International goals scored by Dhanraj Pillay . Dhanraj Pillay reckons it is more than 170, but a leading Hockey statistician insists it is closer to 120.

Dhanraj Pillay is the only player to have played in four Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004), four World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002), four Champions Trophies (1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003), and four Asian Games (1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002). India won the Asian Games (1998) and Asia Cup (2003) under his captaincy.

Dhanraj Pillay 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.

Dhanraj Pillay Awards

Dhanraj Pillay is the recipient of India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 1999 – 2000. Dhanraj Pillay was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award in 2000. Dhanraj Pillay is one of the most gifted forwards of his era with a small frame and flowing locks, he could wreak havoc in rival defences.

Dhanraj Pillay was the winning Captain of the Victorious Asian Games 2002 hockey team. Dhanraj Pillay was awarded the player of the tournament award in the 2002 Champions trophy held at Cologne, Germany.

Dhanraj Pillay is currently involved in trying to start a hockey academy at Bombay. To raise funds for his academy he is heading a drive to collect empty plastic printer cartridges in Bombay and sell them to a European recycling firm.

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