Pride of Pakistan-Shahid Ali Khan

by on December 18, 2010
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Famous goalkeeper of Pakistan Shahid Ali Khan

Shahid Ali Khan was Pakistan’s goal keeper and arguably one of the best goalkeepers of his time. He was a part of the Pakistan national team from 1981 to 1993 though he was dropped from the team for poor performance. Shahid Ali Khan was an intelligent player who also believed in coming forward and attacking the opponents during penalty corners rather than waiting passively for the ball. Shahid Ali Khan saved many goals; his memorable performance being in 1982 when he saved a penalty stroke against Pakistan in the semi finals of the World Cup.

Shahid Ali Khan has been capped 135 times and his wonderful performance helped his team win many times. His list of medals include bronze medal in 1982 Barcelona Spain, gold medal in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, a gold medal in the 1982 World Cup at Mumbai besides silver and bronze medals in various championships.

Shahid Ali Khan was awarded Pride of Performance in 1993 by the government of Pakistan in recognition of his valuable services. Shahid Ali Khan till date is considered as one of the best Field Hockey Goal keepers. This assessment of Shahid Ali Khan is not only among the goal keepers in Pakistan, but from other parts of the world too. He was brilliant at his job.

Pride of Pakistan-Shahnaz Sheikh

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Shahnaz Sheikh

The 70s and early 80s was the most productive and successful period in the history of Pakistan hockey. Pakistan hockey team was on the medal list in almost every major championship and had established itself as a force to reckon with.

Sialkot born Shahnaz Sheikh was one of the legendary players of that time. Shahnaz Sheikh played as a forward and with winged feet and deceptive body swerve was the opponents’ worst nightmare. Fast, accurate and strong he together with his other team mates made Pakistan a tough team. Shahnaz was capped 68 times and has 45 goals to his credit. His absence from the team due to injury in the mid 70s caused Pakistan two losses in the finals of the World Cup and the Montreal Olympics.

After retiring as a player, he coached the Pakistan Junior Hockey team which went on to win the Junior Asia Cup. His similar efforts with the senior team however failed miserably. Despite his failures in coaching in certain occasions, Shahnaz Sheikh is considered as one of the best and most aggressive hockey players Pakistan ever had. Shahnaz Sheikh had a commendable fighting spirit when on the ground. His performance was always above average in the time he played professional hockey for Pakistan.

Pride of Pakistan – Hasan Sardar

by on December 11, 2010
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Pride of Pakistan - Hasan Sardar

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).

Pride of Pakistan – Islahuddin Siddiqui

by on December 11, 2010
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Popular hockey player Islahuddin Siddiqui

Islahuddin Siddiqui, the former hockey star and the most successful captain of the Pakistan Hockey Team was born in Meerut, India. His parents later migrated to Pakistan. Islahuddin’s glorious hockey career spans over 13 years from 1967 till 1979.  Islahuddin scored more than 100 goals and also contributed in the scoring of many goals. Islahuddin played at the position of right out and is known for his brilliant super quick dashes during penalty corners which distracted the opponents. His impressive medal list includes 10 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals. He won many series and tournaments for Pakistan and his biggest achievement as a captain was completing the grand slam in 1978 when Pakistan won all three prestigious titles of World Cup, Asian Games and Champions Trophy.

Islahuddin also led Pakistan to victory over arch rivals India in the first ever series between the two nations. Pakistan also won the silver medal in the 1972 Olympic Games and the Bronze in 1976 Olympic Games with Islahuddin as a part of the team. Islahuddin was respected as a worthy opponent and was known for his humility. After retirement from hockey, Islahuddin remained active as a coach and manager of the national team as well as a hockey commentator. He is also a member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is on the FIH Rules Board; the only member from the Sub Continent so far.

This brilliant achiever was awarded Pride of Performance Award in 1982 by the Government of Pakistan for his outstanding contributions in the field of Hockey.

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