Mohammed Shahid: Indian Hockey Player Died At 56 Years Of Age

Mohammed Shahid

The India has lost one of its best players who has made history lots of time inside and outside India. The player who has made India proud over his talent of making his way through the groups of other teams or rival teams and his talent in making the game one-sided.

The one of the greatest names in Indian hockey and part of the team that won gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has recently died at a Gurgaon hospital due to a severe liver condition and kidney failure. He was born on April 14, 1960 and at the age of 56. He was one of the most talented and goal focused guy whose abilities of playing on-field never gets distressed or effected by whatever happened in real life. His abilities as a forward during the time of 1980 marked him out as an exceptional talent, had been admitted to SSL Hospital at Banaras Hindu University with severe stomach pain.

Mohammed Shahid

These were some of the reasons which made him to transfer to Delhi due to health deteriorating. He was later flown to New Delhi and got admitted at Gurgaon Medanta Mendicity hospital. Just,three weeks later, on July 20 he passed away, leaving a very big trail and his story of legacy behind for the upcoming generations who will going to come.

He is having a very lovely family consisting of his wife Parveen Shahid and twin children Mohammad Saif and Heena Shahid.

He was born on April 14, 1960 in the region of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Shahid has made his way into the international hockey scene at the very young age of just 19 in 1979 against a very strong contender like France at the Junior World Cup. But that was during a four-nation tournament in Malaysia that he won rave reviews from his captain Vasudev Baskaran, baskaran was one of the only guys who has lead India at the 1980 Olympics – while leaving the opposing Pakistan players stunned by his mastery over the field.

The most loving element about Shahid’s style of playing was basically based on speed and his agile ability to dribble the ball with rare wizardry, and it was this aspect of his game which won him fans across the country during the 1980s and revived Indian hockey when interest had started to wane against cricket’s immense popularity following the 1983 World Cup win.

He not only stayed as a player of the team but also played as the captain of the Indian team during the 1985-86 season. He has received the Arjuna Award in 1981 and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1986 for his true and dedicated motivation towards the game.