Indian hockey legend Mohammed Shahid, who was being treated in a private hospital in Gurgaon, passed away on Wednesday due to multiple organ failure.

Mohammad-Shahid

Known for his dribbling skills, Shahid was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. He was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

He 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.

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A crestfallen Dhanraj Pillay, the country’s all-time leading goal-scorer, held back tears as he remembered the legend on whom he once tried to model his game. “I am mourning, I just cannot comprehend what has happened,” he said from his residence in Mumbai, his voice quivering over the phone line. “We have lost an icon, a pillar of Indian hockey. Fifty-six is no age to go. This is a great loss.

He was my idol, I wanted to be him at one stage but then I realized that there can only be one Mohammed Shahid. I have never seen Dada Dhyan Chand, but in my lifetime I have not seen a better hockey player than Mohammed Shahid. I have been fortunate to see many greats such as Zafar Iqbal, Leslie Claudius, MM Somaya and Joaquim Carvalho but there was none better than Shahid bhai. Woh toh alag hi the .”

Said Dhanraj

From politicians to sportspersons, and also his fans reacted on twitter to emote their feelings for the legendary Shahid.

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