Hasan Sardar; known as the best Centre Forward Pakistan has ever produced was born in Karachi in 1957. He started his International Career in 1980 and within a few months became an integral part of the national Hockey team. Hasan Sardar was adept at body dodges and dribbling. He along with his other team members Samiullah, Kalimullah, Hanif Khan and Shehnaz Sheikh formed an impenetrable forward line. The brilliance, dedication and team work of these players saw Pakistan at the victory stand on many occasions.
Hasan Sardar was superb in his first ever World Cup Hockey Tournament in 1982. He scored 11 goals in the tournament which earned him the title of “Man of the Match” and Pakistan the coveted World Cup Trophy. In the same year he made a hat trick against India in the finals of the Asian Game once again bagging the gold medal for Pakistan and the “Man of the Match” honor for himself.
Later in the 1984 Olympics, he once again played a crucial role in winning the gold medal for Pakistan. Hasan Sardar was the “Man of the Match”. Although he played hockey for only six years but with 180 goals to his credit, in that short time he proved to the world that he indeed was the “Sardar” (meaning Leader in Urdu language).
The government of Pakistan bestowed the Pride of Performance Award to this prolific player in 1984. After his retirement, Hasan Sardar served as the manager of the national team. He was also the chief selector of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).
Hockey is the national game of Pakistan. Hockey was played in the sub-continent before partition. Pakistan had many talented hockey players at the time of partition. The first tournament the Pakistan hockey team played was on 14th Olympic Games. Pakistan faced Belgium and defeated it 2-1 on 2nd August 1948.
With hard work and dedication, Pakistan hockey team made a name for itself as a strong team. It played many international tournaments and emerged as a winner. Till late 70’s, it held almost all the major titles. Olympics, World cup, Champions Trophy. The introduction of “Astroturf” caused the decline in Pakistan hockey. Pakistan’s Hockey’s standard deteriorated gradually and it has not been able to regain its former glory despite several attempts.
TOP TEN PLAYERS:
4. Hassan Sardar
5. Qasim Zia
6. Athar Rasool
7. Hanif Khan
8. Sohail Abbas
9. Mohammad Saqlain
10. Waseem Ahmed
We are a cricket crazy nation. For most part of the year, we are gripped by cricket fever especially if Pakistan is playing. Even on streets you can see small children playing cricket.
Pakistan played its first international test match against India in October 1952. The tour of England in 1954 was its first international tour.
Pakistan team is a bunch of talented but emotional players. The Pakistani bowlers have introduced many new bowling strategies and have often been accused of ball tempering. These accusations have proved to be baseless. Like all other geniuses, Pakistani players are simply ahead of their time.
Pakistan team is unpredictable. In 1992 they were the underdogs who astounded the world by defeating England in the final of the world cup. In 1999 they were the strongest team but lost cheaply to Australia in the finals. Currently Pakistan team is the World T20 champion.
TOP TEN PLAYERS
1. Hanif Mohammed
2. Zaheer Abbas
3. Saqlain Mushtaq
4. Waseem Akram
5. Saeed Anwar
6. Javaid Miandad
7. Waqar Younus
8. Waseem Bari
9. Imran Khan
10. Shahid Afridi