On that 1947 tour, he put through a wondrous ball to KD Singh Babu, then turned his back and walked away. When Babu later asked the reason for this odd behavior, he was told, “If you could not get a goal from that you did not deserve to be on my team.” Keshav Dutt, Olympic gold Medalist, said “His real talent lay above his shoulders. His was easily the hockey brain of the century. He could see a field the way a chess player sees the board. He knew where his teammates were, and more importantly where his opponents were – without looking. It was almost psychic. He treated everybody as pieces on a board meant for his use. He’d know from his own movement how the defense was forming, and where the gaps were. In other words, he was the only one imponderable while everybody else (opposition included) fell in predictable patterns around him.” The thing with Major Dhyan Chand was, when everybody else thought he was going to shoot, he passed, to induce surprise. And when he passed to you, you’d rather not miss.