Indian hockey legend and captain Mohammed Shahid died on Wednesday in a Gurgaon hospital after a liver and kidney ailment, He was 56 years old. Mohammed Shahid, member of the Moscow Olympics ’80 gold medal-winning Indian team, was in coma and was put on ventilator at Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital. He was suffering from multi-organ failure and couldn’t come out of coma. According to India Today report.
“He breathed his last at 10:45 this morning. It was multiple organ failure that led to his passing away. He will be taken to Varanasi and last rites will be performed there tomorrow,” Mohammed Shahid’s son Mohammed Saif told PTI.
Mohammed Shahid‘s style of play was based on speed and an ability to drip the ball with rare wizardry, and it was this aspect of his game which won him fans across the country during the 1980s and revived Indian hockey when interest had started to wane against cricket’s immense popularity following the 1983 World Cup win.
Mohammed Shahid was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.