Asian Hockey Federation condoles the sad demise of legend Keshav Chandra Datt who breathed his last at about 1230 am on Wednesday. He was 95 years old.
Datt was part of India’s golden era in hockey. He was a formidable halfback and was part of Independent India’s historic feat in 1948 where they beat home team Great Britain 4-0 in the Final at the Wembley Stadium in London. Before the 1948 Olympics, Datt had toured East Africa under the leadership of the great hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in 1947.
Datt, born on 29 December 1925 in Lahore, Pakistan, was also part of the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki where they beat the home team Netherlands 6-1 in the Final to become the Olympic Champions for the fifth consecutive time.
Having moved to Calcutta in 1950, Datt also represented Mohun Bagan – the most famous Indian club of that time in multiple sports.
Datt will be remembered for his illustrious career in hockey.