Former hockey player, Mohammed Shahid (14 April 1960 – 20 July 2016) breathed his last today, at a hospital in Gurgaon, after long-suffering from a serious liver disease. Shahid will rate amongst the best wizards India (and the game) has ever seen in the astro turf (post 1980s era) alongside fellow Indians Dhanraj Pillay and Gagan Ajit Singh.
Shahid is one of India’s best to have played the game and was known for his dribbling skills, running ability and push which was as fast as a hard hit. His attacking partnership on field with Zafar Iqbal was well known.He captained the Indian team during 1985–86.
- He was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
- Awarded the ‘Best Forward player’ at the 1980 Champions Trophy, Karachi.
- Awarded Arjuna Award in 1980–1981
- Was member of the Indian team that won the silver medal at 1982 Delhi Asiad
- Was captain of the Indian team that won the gold medal at 1986 Asian games.
- Awarded Padma Shri in 1986.
- Was part of the Asian All-Star team in 1986.
I started following hockey actively, after being mesmerized watching Mohammed Shahid, captain India in the 1986 Asian games. Read more about this wizard at