Indian Hockey legend Mohammed Shahid passed away on Wednesday morning after suffering from multiple organ failure. 56-year-old Shahid was considered one of the greatest of his generation, known for his sublime control and dribbling skills which helped India secure Gold medal in 1980 Moscow Olympics. He has been a part of the national team that won silver at the Delhi Asian games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.
Shahid received the Arjuna Award in 1981 and has been honoured with Padma Shri in 1986. After retiring from hockey, Shahid worked with the Indian railways and was based in his hometown of Varanasi. At his peak, and it lasted almost a decade, Shahid had no peers in the hockey world. The magician, as he was known in the hockey fraternity worldwide, is to hockey what Tendulkar/Lara/Sehwag/Bradman are to cricket or Maradona/Messi/Pele to football.