Indian hockey maestro Mohammed Shahid, who was a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold winning squad, passed away at a hospital in Gurgaon owing to severe ailment of his liver and kidney. He was 56.
He was battling against poor health condition for quite some time now and had slipped into coma on Tuesday night. He was later put on the ventilator. Shahid had been undergoing treatment for jaundice and dengue.
Shahid was a prodigy of the “Golden era of Indian hockey”, which subdued after the country won Cricket World Cup in 1983. He was also part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi and the bronze in the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul.
His mastery in dribble and agility won millions of hearts across the country. Shahid and his fellow teammate Zafar Iqbal formed a terrific pair that earned rave reviews during the 80s. Shahid also captained India during 1985-86.
His hockey skills earned him the coveted Arjuna Award in 1981 and the Padma Shri in 1986.