Mohammed Shahid

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Mohammed Shahid (born 14 April 1960) is a former field hockey player from India. A dashing forward with the ability to weave past any defence with his amazing dribbling skills. He was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and was captain of India during 1985-86. Apart from being known as the worlds best dribbler, Shahid was essentially an inside-left whose speedy runs in tandem with left-out Zafar Iqbal made a mockery of most defences. Born at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, he first played for India in the Junior World Cup in France in 1979. He was awarded Arjuna Award in 1980-1981 and Padma Shri in 1986. He is leading a retired life now.

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At the age of 19 years he was selected for the Junior Indian Hockey team participating in the Junior World Cup held in France. Just within a short span of one year, he was able to find a place for himself in the Senior National Hockey team of India that represented the nation at International Hockey Tournament, Kuala Lumpur and Champions Trophy Tournament, Karachi in 1980.

Although the Indian squad didn’t fare quite well at the Karachi tournament, Mohammed Shahid was named as the Best Forward of the Tournament over there. Further, he represented the Indian team at the Moscow Olympic Games 1980, where the squad managed to grab the Gold Medal successfully. He also played at the World Cup Hockey Tournament...
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