Another sporting hero bites the dust as India lost former hockey champion, Balbir Singh Sr. On Monday morning (May 25). The hockey legend breathed his last at the age of 95 after his condition was critical following a heart attack.
The three-time Olympic champion, who holds the record of scoring most individual goals in an Olympic final in Hockey, will be remembered by the whole nation as he was one of the pillars during Indian hockey’s golden era in the sport, when they claimed gold at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics.
Moreover, Balbir Singh Sr was the first sportsperson to receive the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1957. Hence, the whole nation mourned his death with several Indian athletes honouring him for his immaculate contributions.
Thus, the Indian cricket fraternity also joined in to mourn the passing away of Balbir Singh Sr, who was known for his excellent dribbling skills and tenacity to out defences.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and many others joined in with their tributes.
Saddened to hear about the passing of the legend, Balbir Singh Sr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow. @BalbirSenior
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 25, 2020
Throughout his career, Balbir Sr. was one of the top names in World Hockey. He was also the manager of the triumphant Indian hockey side during the 1975 World Cup. While his last wish of seeing India claim another gold remained unfulfilled, the national hockey side will like to honour him with some sparkling performances on the turf during the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
While a portion believes Balbir Singh Sr. didn’t get his due, he shall remain in the hearts of the citizens of India and serve as a fitting example for young talented athletes in the country.