Dhanraj Pillay is a field hockey player and former captain of the Indian hockey team. Dhanraj Pillay's debut in international hockey was in 1989 when he represented the Nation in the Allwyn Asia Cup in New Delhi. Dhanraj Pillay, whose hockey profile spanned from December 1989 to August 2004, played 339 international matches. He scored around 170 goals in his career. He is the only player to have played in four Olympics, four World Cups, four Champions Trophies and four Asian Games. India won the 1998 Asian Games and 2003 Asia Cup under his captaincy.
He is the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 1999-2000. He was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award in 2000. He was the winning captain of the victorious Asian Games 2002 hockey team. He was awarded the player of the tournament award in the 2002 Champions trophy held at Cologne, Germany.
India’s glorious past in Asian Games Hockey (1958-2010)
India won its first Asian Games hockey gold in 32 years. None of the 16 players in the Indian team was even born when India won the Asian Games hockey gold for the first time in 1966. It was no doubt a huge day for India as earlier in the year India finished a disappointing 9th place in World Cup Hockey.