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07.11.2018 05:33
n the great defenders of the world -- Munawwar uz Zaman, Akhtar Rasool. I dont think anybody in current hockey can compare to hi Antworten

Former teammates and rivals -- including three of his India captains -- on the life and skills of Mohammad Shahid.Zafar Iqbal, former India captain:??All of us from one generation are very sad today. We have lost one of our teammates, one of the best players to have ever played for India, one of the most talented and generous. But even more than that, I will always think of him as my partner -- Shahid and I played together for seven years.We had a very strong bond, though he was four years younger than me, joined the team after I did and was a shy and a simple guy. We played up front together and whenever we would meet again, we would talk about the old days -- the good and the bad. And have a laugh.He was a terrific player, and throughout his stint with the national team, at the Olympics and I always thought he was such an extraordinary dribbler and the reason he didnt score many goals himself was because he was just too fast. He would do all the work for us up front, and be the creator, make the defence go one way, and then pass the ball the other onwards to his teammate who would score. For instance, at the 1980 Olympics, our top scorer was Surinder Singh Sodhi, but I would say that almost every goal of his was created by Shahid.When I think about it now, if Shahid hadnt played as well as he did in 1980, we would have been in great trouble. Against Spain and Poland [both pool matches were drawn 2-2, while India beat Spain 4-3 in the final] and Soviet Union [which India won 4-2], he thrived in the opponents defence, he was simply brilliant. They just couldnt understand what he was doing. His turning was extraordinary. Entire defences would be wrong-footed. He was a genius.I had a chance to meet him once when he was in hospital and remember him asking me, Zafarbhai, aapka golf kaisa chal raha hai (How is your golf going on)? I told him not to get anxious about the hospital and the ICU and he replied, Nahin, zaroor theek ho jaayenge (Dont worry, I will recover). Even then his condition was quite critical. Last night, I rushed back from Aligarh to see the family. We knew that it was all over. Goodbye, partner, rest in peace.MM Somaya, former India captain: This has come as an absolute shock to all of us. We played together for about 10 years and he was my teammate in three Olympics [1980, 1984 and 1988]. I went to see him about two-three weeks back, and I had mentally prepared myself for this day. But it is still too shocking for all of us.During my time, he was the best and most gifted of hockey players. He was a crowd-puller, and he was a great attraction for the crowd. More than that, he was an excellent person too. He was serious on the field, but away from it, he was always in a light-hearted mood. He always kept us regaled with his jokes.V Baskaran, former India captain: Today I lost a great friend. He was my room partner during the four-nation event in Kuala Lumpur in 1979. He was just 19 years old, but such a skilful player. He was taking on the great defenders of the world -- Munawwar uz Zaman, Akhtar Rasool. I dont think anybody in current hockey can compare to him.Shahid didnt like to mark. He would just say to me, Mera ball de dena, jo kuch karna hoga, main kar loonga (Just give me the ball, and leave the rest to me). He also played very well in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where his duel with Australian captain Ric Charlesworth was brilliant. Charlesworth was the inside right, and he kept trying to bottle up Shahid. But he never felt any pressure. In fact, it was always his opponents who felt the pressure.He was a great team-man and a great soul.MK Kaushik, former teammate and former Indian womens team coach: Weve lost a great player to say the least. The way he used to dribble past defenders, taking them on the wrong foot, was completely incredible. He was talented, hard-working and confident on the field. He had a great sense of humour and more importantly was a great human being. For me the loss is even more profound since we shared a very close friendship. He was the No. 1 player of his time and his contribution to Indias performance at the 1980 Olympics is unforgettable.Ric Charlesworth, former Australia captain: Im deeply sad to hear about Shahids demise. He was one of the most wonderful, skillful and mesmerizing players Ive ever played against. He certainly did give me a tough time. In the early 1980s when Indian hockey was at its strongest for the last time, he was the central plank of it. For India, Ajitpal [Singh] was a marvellous organizer and creator in the middle of the field, then there was Zafar Iqbal who had dangerous penetration. Shahids ability to deceive and create something out of nothing was amazing. Also impressive was his ball control. With him around we never knew what to expect. 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We found the way to win.A big factor in Boise States undefeated season has been the play of junior running back Jeremy McNichols, who has carried the ball a whopping 70 times over the past two games.McNichols has rushed for 915 yards -- sixth nationally -- and 12 touchdowns. He also has four receiving scores, including a 76-yard catch-and-run touchdown against BYU.McNichols production has been so superb that Harsin sees no reason to lessen his workload.Jeremy has shown that he wants the ball in his hands, Harsin said. He wants a chance to win the game. He continues to improve. Hes versatile, and a guy like him, you want the ball in his hands.McNichols is on pace to top the 1,337 rushing yards -- sixth-most in Boise State history -- that he put up last season. 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