Hockey Superstar of The 80's, Mohammed Shahid Dies Aged 56!!..

Hockey Superstar of The 80’s, Mohammed Shahid Dies Aged 56!!..

Hockey Superstar of The 80’s, Mohammed Shahid Dies Aged 56!!..

Mohammed Shahid, hockey superstar of the eighties, has died at a Gurgaon hospital owing to a severe liver condition and kidney failure. The 56-year-old was battling serious liver problems at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

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The Varanasi-based Mohammed Shahid was one of India’s best dribblers and helped the country win gold medal in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. That was the last time India won an Olympic gold.

Shahid, known for his sizzling runs and ball control, formed a formidable pair with Zafar Iqbal. They helped India win medals in the 1982 and 1986 Asian Games.

Shahid ,who also captained India during the 1985-86 season , received the Arjuna Award in 1981 and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1986. Since retiring from hockey, the somewhat reclusive Shahid had worked with the Indian railways and was based in his hometown of Varanasi.

Over the last few days, Mohammed Shahid’s condition had deteriorated. The Sports Ministry and his employers, the Railways, were taking care of all his medical expenses.

Indian hockey legend Mohammad Shahid, who was being treated in a private hospital in Gurgaon, passed away on Wednesday due to multiple organ failure.

 

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He breathed his last at 10:45 this morning. It was multiple organ failure that led to his passing away. He will be taken to Varanasi and last rites will be performed there tomorrow,” Shahid’s son Mohammed Saif told PTI.

Shahid’s former Olympic team mate MM Somaya remembered a rare player whose partnership on the field with Zafar weaved a majestic tapestry in Indian hockey’s history. “I have been struggling to digest the news of Shahid. Millions who followed him in the 80,s have a special spot for him.”

Somaya, who played three Olympics with Shahid, said. “Shahid and Zafar were a treat to watch. They were skillful and fast down the left. Zafar’s breakneck pace and Shahid’s dribble and guile gave Indian fans of that era a treasure trove of memories.”

He also further added, “During the 1982 World Cup against Holland, four dutch players had swarmed around Shahid. Four of them in a tight four-by-four space and this guy just dribbled out of it. Only he could do it

 

 

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V Bhaskaran, Former Captain, Indian hockey team quoted,“It’s not easy to describe Shahid’s movement on the field. But if you have seen a banana tree falling after being hacked, you can visualize his craft. A tree never comes crashing down. It’s always a slow fall, almost twisting away from the person who has chopped it. Shahid used to evade defenders with incredible body twist – a rare quality that can’t be taught or imitated.”