Indian Sports History – 23 June

On 23rd June 1936 – Distinguished football player and coach of yesteryears, Pradip Kumar Banerjee or P.K. Banerjee was born in Jalpaiguri.

He scored 65 goals in 84 appearances for the Blue Tigers. He was part of the India football team that finished fourth at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, his goal helped India earn a respectable draw against the mighty France. He helped the Indian team win gold medal at 1962 Tokyo Asian Games.

Major Achievements: –

  • received Arjuna Award in 1961 (first year when the award was instituted),
  • received Padma Shri in 1990,
  • named Indian Footballer of the 20th century by FIFA;
  • only Asian footballer, who has been awarded the Fair Play Award by the Olympic Committee.

What a lovely coincidence that India’s arguably best footballer was born on Olympic Day.