Shahid: One of India’s all-time great players

India’s hockey legend Mohammad Shahid was known not just for his excellent dribbling skills, but also considered as one of the greatest players of all time.  The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday. He was part of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that clinched gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Shahid, who was born in Varanasi, made his first appearance for India in 1979 at the Junior World Cup.

Shahid made his first senior team appearance the same year in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur under Baskaran, after his inclusion in the team following his impressive performance in the Aga Khan Cup. His skills and love for the game caught the eyes of his seniors and coaches. During his playing days, besides his dribbling skills, Shahid was also known for his running ability and push which was as fast as a hard hit. His attacking partnership on the field with Zafar Iqbal was known to one and all.

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