Dhanraj Pillay (born 16 July 1968) is a retired Indian field hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team.He is a member of the ad hoc committee of Indian Hockey Federation, formed after the suspension of Kanwar Pal Singh Gill. As a player, he is regarded one of India's best ever.
He is the only player to have played in four Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004), four World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002), four Champions Trophies (1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003), and four Asian Games (1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002). India won the Asian Games (1998) and Asia Cup (2003) under his captaincy. He was also the highest goal scorer in the Bangkok Asian Games and was the only Indian player to figure in the World Eleven side during the 1994 World Cup at Sydney. He also played for clubs in countries such as Malaysia, France, England and Germany.Recognizing his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2000.
He is the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 1999–2000. He was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award in 2001.He was the captain of the 1998 Asian Games and 2003 Asia Cup winning hockey team. He was awarded the player of the tournament award in the 2002 Champions trophy held at Cologne, Germany.
Dhanraj Pillay one of the best all time Hockey players of India and former captain of the Indian hockey team felicitated by World Book of records for his extra-ordinary excellence and devotion towards the game of Hockey and his contribution through his efforts made in the game.