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.
Pillay in 2010
|Full name||Dhanraj Pillay|
16 July 1968|
Khadki, Pune, Maharastra, India
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|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|
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. He also played for clubs in countries such as Malaysia, France, England and Germany. Recognizing his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2000.