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The Wizard of Hockey Questions & Answers
- Infantry – a branch of army that fights on foot
- Subedar – a rank in the Indian army
- Fronds – long leaves divided into parts along the edge
- Makeshift – something that is not permanent
- Regiment – a large group of soldiers
- Laid the foundation – taught the basics
- Awestruck – surprised
- Limelight – focus of public attention
Question 1: Read and answer the questions:
Young Dhyan did not show any special interest in sports, though he loved wrestling. In fact, his hockey career had quite an ordinary beginning.
(a) Which sport did Dhyan enjoy when he was young?
Answer: When Dhyan was young, he enjoyed wrestling.
(b) Why is the beginning of Dhyan Chand’s hockey career described as ordinary?
Answer: Dhyan Chand’s hockey career is described as ordinary because at young age he and some youngsters used to cut a leaf of a date palm each and with its curved end used to play hockey with a makeshift ball made out of rags.
(c) Who first encouraged Dhyan Chand to play hockey seriously?
Answer: In 1922, at the age of 17, when Dhyan joined the Indian Army, he came in contact with Subedar-Major Bhole Tiwari who encouraged Dhyan Chand to play hockey seriously.
Question 2: Why did Dhyan Chand’s schooling suffer?
Answer: Dhyan Chand’s father, Subedar Sameshwar Dutt Singh was in army and was also often transferred to different cities for duty. That is why his schooling suffered.
Question 3: What did Dhyan Chand’s opponents think when they first saw his skill with the hockey stick?
Answer: When Dhyan Chand’s opponents first saw his skill with the hockey stick, they thought that there was some mischief done with the stick. The Dutch team broke the stick of Dhyan Chand to check if there was a magnet fit in it. the Japanese thought there was glue applied on the stick because of which Dhyan Chand could control his ball so well. They were all proven wrong.
Question 4: Read and answer the questions:
When he played at the Berlin Olympics, a German newspaper carried a banner headlined, The Olympic complex now has a magic show too.
(a) How long did Dhyan Chand’s international hockey career last? At how many Olympic Games did his team win a gold medal?
Answer: Dhyan Chand’s international hockey career lasted for 22 years. His team won gold medal in 3 Olympic Games in Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932) and as captain in Berlin (1936).
(b) What nickname did Dhyan Chand earn at Berlin?
Answer: Dhyan Chand earned a name of ‘Hockey Wizard’ at Berlin.
(c) Why did the newspaper announce that there was a magic show at the Olympic Complex?
Answer: The newspaper announced that there was a magic show at the Olympic Complex because Dhyan Chand could control the ball so well with his hockey stick that his opponents thought there was some magnet or glue in the stick but they failed in their efforts to prove it. also, his magic stick work drew crowds to the hockey field. His skilled stick work and amazing ball control left fellow players and spectators awestruck.
Question 5: After reading this chapter, what do you think are the essential qualities that a good sportsperson must have?
Answer: I think the most essential quality that a good sportsperson must have is humbleness. After being honoured so many times and with really great skills that deserve appreciation, Dhyan Chand in the opening sentence of his autobiography writes that “I am a common man and then a soldier.” His entire life, he tried to avoid lime light and publicity and yet, he describes himself as a common man and a soldier and not as an international hockey player. Other qualities like sportsmanship, leadership and passion for achievement are also observed while reading this chapter.
So, these were The Wizard of Hockey Questions & Answers.