Autobiography of Hockey Wizard Dhyan Chand
Published by Sport & Pastime, Chennai, 1952
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India vs. USA
|One Los Angeles paper commenting on the
observed: "The All-India field hockey team was a typhoon out of the
east, as it trampled under its feet and all but shoved out of the Olympic
stadium the 11 representing the United States."
After the match, India's flag flew over the peristyle to proclaim our victory. Almost 5,000 people watched our match against the US, including the entire Indian community.
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n August 11, we met the United States in the deciding match of the tournament. It was a cakewalk for us, and we won by 24 goals to 1.
Certain American newspapers had suggested that in order to make it a contest, the Indians ought to play left-handed or wear snow shoes. (We did play left-handed once against a team composed of the fair sex at Prague).
At the interval we were leading by 10 goals to nil. The 24 goals we ended up scoring was a world record. I scored 8, Roop Singh 10, Gurmit Singh 5 and Pinniger 1. The lone American goal was scored by Bodlington.
The Indian team was as follows:
The United States team was as follows:
One Los Angeles paper commenting on the final observed: "The All-India field hockey team, which G. D. Sondhi had brought to Los Angeles to defend their 1928 title, was a typhoon out of the east, as it trampled under its feet and all but shoved out of the Olympic stadium the 11 representing the United States."
After the match, India's flag flew for the only time over the peristyle to proclaim our victory. Around 5,000 people watched our match against the United States, including almost the entire Indian community.
Talking about the Indian element in California, we came across a large number of Indians, mostly exiles from the country. Many of them were victims of the Koma Gatta Maru affair.
The Indians took kindly interest in us, and after an appeal was made to them at the Bible Hall in Los Angeles by Pankaj Gupta, about $200 were donated by the Indians to meet the deficit of the Olympic hockey fund.
In the two matches in the Olympic Games, all our 15 players took part, which qualified them for the Olympic gold medal, and we all felt happy over it.
The Viceroy of India immediately sent us a cable congratulating us on our victory. Mr. Hayman read out the cable to us in the village: "I am delighted to learn of the splendid victory of our hockey team. Please give all members of the side my warm congratulations upon retaining the world championship."
The organizing committee awarded umpires' blazers to Pankaj Gupta, Charles Newham and Mr. Hayman, who, of course, did not umpire a single match. For Newham to umpire our matches, he had to register his name as from Great Britain. Of course he was an Englishman, but for all intents and purposes he was an Indian to us.
Newham stayed with us and was part and parcel of our team. He travelled with us right up to New York, and there we parted company as he could not get accommodation in the Mauritania, which carried us from New York to Southampton.
India vs. USA in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. India wins by a world record score of 24-1