The 1936 Berlin olympics win by India may have been long forgotten but its hero Dhyanchand is fresh in India's memory. He led India to comprehensive wins in the tournament with 4-0 win against Hungary, 7-0 versus the US and 9-0 against Japan. In the semi-finals, the team blanked France 10-0.
Now according to a latest book by author Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul's "In the Shadow of Freedom", after the finals which was watched by Hitler, he was so impressed by Dhyanchand's performance that he told him if he choose to stay back in Germany, he will be made a colonel. The book also mentions that the Indian team constantly practised on board the ship to Germany which took 15 days of travel loosing hundreds of balls into the sea.
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