Mohali: Three-time Olympic gold medallist in hockey, Balbir Singh Sr dropped by at the PCA Staium here to wish good luck to MS Dhoni and his boys ahead of the match against Australia, which the hosts must win to progress to the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.
Singh, 92, lives in Chandigarh and keeps shuttling between his hometown and Canada. But since he was here and the Indian cricket team was in the town, he made sure to give them his blessings.
Singh won the Olympic gold during Indian hockey's golden era when they secured eight yellow medals in a row at the biggest sporting event. He was part of the champion team in 1948, 1952 and 1956.
Dhoni has had an association with hockey by way of the Hockey India League in which he owns the franchise of his hometown - the Ranchi Rays.
The Indian team was at the stadium for training on Saturday when Singh visited. He specifically met skipper Dhoni and wished him with the best of luck to win his third world title after the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup.
Singh, who has the distinction of netting 8 of the 9 goals India scored in the semi-finals and finals together to win gold in the 1952 Olympics, was bestowed upon the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Hockey India Awards in 2015.
The hockey wizard, who once shared the field with Major Dhyan Chand, also won silver medals at the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games before becoming the first player to be awarded the Padma Shri.