Legendary player, Peter Thangaraj, who died at the age of 72 on 24 November 2008, was called towering custodian of the Indian football team because of his tall height and thin figure. He started playing for his country in 1954 and continued till 1968. For his contribution in the Indian football team, he was given Arjuna Award in 1968. He played for Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting clubs. Interesting thing is that he started playing as a center-forward when he joined Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) in 1953, but he later took goalkeeping and got success. Being influenced by Russian great Lev Yashin, he picked up his style of throwing. Because of his performance under the goal bar, he was named the Best Goalkeeper of Asia in 1958.