Mohammed Shahid , hailed as one of the greatest names+ in Indian hockey and part of V Baskaran-led Indian team that won gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has died at a Gurugram’s Medanta hospital owing to a severe liver condition and kidney failure. He was 56.
He was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. He was known for his dribbling skills. He was also a member of the Indian hockey team that had won silver medal at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze medal at the 1986 Asian Games.
He had made his first appearance for India at international level in the junior team in 1979 at the Junior World Cup held in France.
Shahid's style of play was based on speed and an ability to dribble the ball with rare wizardry, and it was this aspect of his game which won him fans across the country. His biggest contribution to the game of Hockey was the ‘half push- half hit’. It was a stroke he used to hit the ball using the same grip used to dribble the ball. He was awarded with Arjuna Award (1981) and Padma Shri (1986). Since retiring from hockey, the somewhat reclusive Shahid had worked with the Indian railways and was based in his hometown of Varanasi.
He is survived by his wife Parveen Shahid and twin children Mohammad Saif and Heena Shahid.