Mumbai: Balbir Singh Sr, one of India’s greatest hockey players, died on Monday morning after battling health problems for more than 2 weeks. Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed grief over the defeat of the Indian hockey veteran and expressed condolences to his family.
Balbir Singh Sr. breathed his last in Mohali on Monday morning. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup-winning team manager have been battling for life since 8 May.
Virat Kohli took to Twitter to pay tribute to the legend.
“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,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
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
In January last year, Balbir was discharged from hospital after spending 108 days in intensive care recovering from bronchial pneumonia.
His career was played during the days of Dhyanchand and later generations during the early years of India’s hockey supremacy, who found it difficult to dominate at a high level.
Balbir, who played as a center forward, was a key member of the Indian team that won gold in the 1948 (London), 1952 (Helsinki) and 1956 (Melbourne) Olympics.
In his first games in 1948, which almost missed out on a clerical error, Balbir scored a 9–1 group-stage victory over Argentina, as well as two goals in a 4–0 defeat to Great Britain in the final.