Randhir Singh Gentle
Personal information
Born (1922-09-22)22 September 1922
Delhi, India
Died 25 September 1981(1981-09-25) (aged 59)
Playing position Fullback
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)

Randhir Singh Gentle (September 22, 1922 – September 25, 1981) was an Indian field hockey player and coach. He was a part of the Indian team that won three consecutive gold medals in the Summer Olympics, from 1948 to 1956. Gentle is one among only seven Indians to have won three gold medals at the Games.[1]


Gentle played for India at three Olympic Games, in London in 1948, in Helsinki in 1952 and in Melbourne in 1956. He captained the Indian team at the Melbourne Olympics, following the injury of captain Balbir Singh Sr. in the first game of the league phase against Afghanistan. Gentle finished the tournament scoring six goals, including the winning goal against Pakistan in the final that Indian won 1–0. In the 38th minute, he converted a short corner to goal. India finished the tournament scoring 36 goals and not conceding a single goal.[2]

With the team, he toured East Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and parts of Europe. He was vice-captain of the Indian Hockey Federation XI (IHF XI) side that toured Malaya and Singapore in 1954. The IHF XI won all 16 games played, with Gentle scoring 14 goals in the tour.[3]

He was the head coach of the India hockey team at the 1973 and 1978 Hockey World Cup[4] and the Uganda national hockey team at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

See also


  1. ^ "Randhir Singh Gentle: Remembering a champ". dnaindia.com. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. ^ "1956 Olympics: India pips Pakistan to win gold". The Hindu. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  3. ^ "The Indians succeed in their mission". The Straits Times. 11 March 1954. p. 14. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Indian Coaches in Men's Hockey World Cups". hockeypassion.in. Hockey Passion. Retrieved 18 November 2022.