Balbir SINGH DOSANJH

India IND

  • Year of Birth
    1924

Biography

Balbir SINGH DOSANJH

A bonafide legend of Indian hockey, Balbir Singh Sr is considered one of the best centre-forwards to have ever played the game.

The undisputed lynchpin of the Indian hockey team’s second hat-trick of Olympic golds – in 1948, 1952 and 1956 – his craft brought much joy to the country and helped it carve its own identity in the years following independence.

Born in Punjab to Karam Kaur and Dalip Singh Dosanjh, a freedom fighter, much of Balbir Singh’s early years were spent without his father, who travelled constantly and was frequently jailed.

Hockey mesmerized him from a young age – he was introduced to the game as a five-year-old - and when he watched the Indian hockey team lift a third Olympic gold medal in 1936 as a 12-year-old, Balbir Singh Sr already knew what he would do in life.