Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay Yadav (born 16 July 1968) is a retired Indian field hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team. He also looks after the Air India Sports Promotion Board as a Joint Secretary based in Mumbai. For the last 5 years, Dhanraj is overseeing the SAG Hockey Academy in Gujarat funded by the Gujarat Government. A legend of the game, he is regarded as one of the best Indian players.[2]

Dhanraj Pillay
Pillay in 2010
Personal information
Full name Dhanraj Pillay
Born (1968-07-16) 16 July 1968 (age 53)
Khadki, Pune, Maharastra, India
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position 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
2006–2008 Maratha Warriors
2012 Karnataka Lions 6 (1)
2004 Ernst & Young HC
2005 Telekom Malaysia HC
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–2004 India 339 (170)

Pillay born to a Tamil family made his debut in 1989 with the national team and in a career spanning over 15 years, appeared for India in four Olympic Games, World Cups and Champion Trophies each. He made 339 appearances for the national team and is recorded, unofficially, to have scored 170 goals.[3] He also played for clubs in countries such as Malaysia, France, England and Germany.[4] Recognizing his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2000.