Roop Singh Bais was the younger brother of Dhyan Chand, one of most prominent player in Indian Hockey. Dhyan Chnad is often remembered as the greatest hockey player ever. Captain Roop Singh himself is also considered as one of the greatest hockey players of all times.
Early Life of Roop Singh Bais
Roop Singh Bais was hailed from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh). His father Subedar Sameshwar Dutt Singh was in British Indian Army. Roop Singh Bais was the best inside-left (Left-in Position) India has ever produced.
Career of Roop Singh Bais
His stick work along with powerful hit gave the Indian team much advantage in winning the matches as was his penalty shots. His power, eagerness in hockey and stick work was all wonderful. Dhyan Chand (Singh), a doyen of Indian hockey, once said about Roop Singh that he was the only inside-left he had seen scoring goals from the crosses sent by the outside-left. Like his hits, Roop Singh Bais's penalty corner shots too were all powerful. In fact, just before the team was to leave for the 1932 (Los Angeles) Olympics, he refused to go because he didnt have the right clothes for the occasion. He was also one of those few players who never argued with the umpire on any umpiring decision. After the final of the 1936 (Berlin) Olympics, the Germans were so impressed with him that they named a street after him. A great player of all the times, Roop Singh Bais went through difficult times, though he was in the armed forces of the Maharaja Scindia.
Being in the Indian Hockey Team, Roop Singh Bais never disappointed with his game. His 3 goals against Japan and 10 goals against USA, in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics 1932, are remembered as his best in his sports career. He was in the Indian Armed forces during British Colonial rule. Roop Singh Bais won the gold medal in the 1932 and the 1936 Olympic Games.
Captain Roop Singh Bais and his name
From his name a stadium was also named. It is Captain Roop Singh Stadium. This stadium is situated in Gwalior. Captain Roop Singh Stadium was originally a hockey stadium before it was converted into a cricket stadium in the year 1988. A Street in Berlin was named after him following his impressive performance at the 1936 Olympics. He was also among the only three Indian players, the others being Dhyan Chand and Leslie Claudius to have the tube stations in London renamed in the run-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Personal Life of Captain Roop Singh
His son, Bhagat Singh played hockey for India and his grand son Uday Singh is now playing hockey. Roop Singh was the younger brother of legendary Dhyan Chand. He died on 16th December 1977.
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