Remembering Mohammad Shahid, the magician with a hockey stick

Updated: 23 July, 2016 23:21 IST
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    Mohammed Shahid was a part of the Indian hockey team led by Vasudevan Baskaran that clinched the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. All Pics/mid-day archives
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    The 56-year-old was suffering from a serious liver disease and had been admitted to the Gurgaon hospital in June and was in coma for the past few days.
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    Sports Ministry had announced a medical grant of Rs 10 lakh for the hockey legend and his employers -- the Railways -- had also announced that they would take care of his medical expenses.
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    Born on April 14, 1960 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Shahid made his international debut for India in 1979 as a 19-year-old in 1979 against France at the Junior World Cup.
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    Shahid played in an era and in a team when India had a number of brilliant stick work masters like Zafar Iqbal, Mervyn Fernandez, Charanjit Kumar, M M Sommayya, Surinder Singh Sodhi and M K Kaushik. But the soft-spoken man from Varanasi made his own mark with his artistry on the field.
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    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.
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    Shahid was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1981 and with the Padma Shri in 1986.
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    His attacking partnership on the field with Zafar Iqbal was known to one and all.
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    He was awarded the 'Best Forward player' at the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi.
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    He was a member of the team that won the gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asian Games. His skill and ability earned him a place in the Asian All-Star team in 1986. He also captained the Indian national team during the 1985-86 season.
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    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.
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One of India's greatest hockey players, Mohammad Shahid passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness. Here are some rare images of the former Indian captain... 

First Published: 20 July, 2016 18:30 IST