The fabulous Indian field hockey player KD Singh [Kunwar Digvijay Singh] also popularly known as “Babu” was born on 2 February 1922 at Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. He is mainly known for his hypnotic passing ability. He is also famous for excelling while playing at the inside-right position. He died on 27 March 1978 at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh by a gunshot wound from his own weapon, while cleaning it.
INTRODUCTION TO HOCKEY
KD Singh created his obtrude upon active Hockey with a tournament vie at Dewa Mela, associate degreed within the year 1937 drawn his school team in an inter-college tournament. At a young age of fifteen years he vie for the LYA Club, Lucknow at the Traders Cup in Old Delhi. Within the tournament, he managed to dodge Mohammad Hussain, a noted athlete of that point UN agency had vie within the Olympiad. The newspapers devoted ample coverage to KD skills and art as an athlete. He vie for the team of state altogether the National tournaments unendingly from 1939 to 1959.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
K.D. Singh Babu was honored with the Helms Trophy for being the most effective athlete within the World within the year 1953, and was the primary Asian player to receive the award. the govt of India bestowed upon him the distinguished Padma Shri award within the year 1958. other than it, an arena in Lucknow has been named after him, and is understood as K.D. Singh Babu Stadium.
HONORS AND MEMORIALS
A road is named after him in a street of Barabanki city connecting Chhaya Chauraha and Lucknow-Faizabad.
“K.D. Singh Babu Stadium” The two stadiums located after him in Lucknow and Barabanki.
In 1985, He was awarded by the Government of India with the reputed Padma shri award.
This was the first time an Indian awarded as the Helms Trophy 1953 for being the best player in the world and the best sportsman of Asia 1952.