The three-time Olympic gold medal winner, passed away on Monday in Chandigarh. He was 96 and is survived by his daughter and three sons. Here are the six biggest highlights of his career.
Balbir Singh Sr playing hockey when cricket is nowhere near becoming a pan-Indian sport, especially a popular one. Hockey is what the Indians have to compete with the world, they do it with authority and Balbir Singh Sr is one of the flag bearers. In the 1940s and 50s, stick Singh is regarded as nothing short of a magic wand. Because he can score a field goal from anywhere.
Three-time Olympic gold medal winner died on Monday in Chandigarh. He was 96 and leaves behind a daughter and three sons. Here are six of the biggest highlights of his career.
1) Before making a name for India, Balbir Singh Sr is a superstar in the tournament All India Inter-University. Under his captaincy, Punjab University won the title three consecutive years from 1943 to 1945. He was elected to the Indian men’s hockey team for the 1948 Olympics in London.
2) Singh did not find a place in the star-studded Indian playing XI at the beginning. He had to wait until the match Argentina turn in Olympics 1948. Although not a regular in the starting XI in the tournament, Singh was given away in the final against England and he repaid the faith shown in him by scoring two goals to help India win 4-0.
3) Four years later, at the Helsinki Olympic Games, Balbir Singh is an integral part of the Indian hockey team. She was appointed vice-captain for the Olympics. After scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final against England, he became a better appearance in the final of the 1952 Olympics by netting five goals in a 6-1 win over the Netherlands India. The world record for the most goals in the Olympic final still stands by Singh.
4) In the 1956 Olympics, Balbir Singh Sr is the flag bearer for India as well as Indian hockey team captain. They beat Pakistan 1-0 in the final to claim a hat-trick of gold medals at the Olympics.
5) Singh, who scored 246 goals in 61 appearances for India, as well as the Indian team manager who won gold at the 1975 Hockey World Cup.
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