PK Banerjee, also known as the ‘Hockey Wizard’, is one of the most celebrated footballers in India. He, along with Tulsidas Balaram and Chuni Goswami, formed the holy trinity of Indian football’s Golden Era.
Banerjee’s international football career began in 1955, when he was selected to play for the Indian national team. His performance was so impressive that he was selected for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where he scored a goal against Australia. This was the first time an Indian footballer had scored a goal in an Olympic match.
Banerjee’s performance in the 1956 Olympics was so impressive that he was named the captain of the Indian team for the 1958 Asian Games. Under his leadership, India won the gold medal in the tournament, defeating South Korea in the final. This was the first time an Indian team had won a gold medal in an international tournament.
Banerjee’s success in the 1958 Asian Games helped to shape India into an Asian powerhouse. He was also instrumental in India’s victory in the 1962 Asian Cup, where they defeated South Korea in the final.
Banerjee was also an influential figure in the development of Indian football. He was the first Indian footballer to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederation’s Hall of Fame. He was also the first Indian footballer to be awarded the Padma Shri, India’s highest civilian honour.
Banerjee’s career spanned more than two decades, and he was an integral part of the Indian team until his retirement in 1977. During his career, he scored numerous goals and helped India to win several international tournaments.
PK Banerjee’s contribution to Indian football cannot be overstated. He was an integral part of the Indian team during its Golden Era, and his performances helped to shape India into an Asian powerhouse. He was a true legend of Indian football, and his legacy will live on for generations to come.
Banerjee passed away on 27th June 2023, but his legacy will live on forever. He was an inspirational figure for generations of Indian footballers, and his influence on the game will never be forgotten. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest footballers India has ever produced.