Sohail Abbas: a Pakistani hockey player

Sohail Abbas is a one-time Pakistani field hockey defender. He was born on 9th June, 1975. His birth place was Karachi. He studied at Habib Public School. This school is famous for its mastery to edify students about hockey as a subject. He has been a penalty corner specialist and an erstwhile captain of Pakistani Hockey Team. He is remarkable for making 384 international goals. He got inventiveness about hockey from his uncle, “Safdar Abbas”.
He made debut in hockey by his monumental performance in 1995. He performed exceptionally in the 18th Junior National Hockey U18 Championship against Germany Juniors. That match drew by 2-2. Till 1997, he was not a choice of selection even for the junior team World Cup. In this year, he joined national team and scored 20 goals in 1998.
After 1998’s World Cup, rules for selection were changed by the committee. He was not selected for 16th Commonwealth Games. But in the same year, he made a great come back. He won a bronze medal in 13th Asian Games and a silver medal in Lahore’s 20th CT.
In 1999, he was the part of Pakistani team when he played prodigiously. Hence, Pakistan was able to won Azlan Shah Cup and won a silver medal in Asia Cup. During Indo-Pakistan series he scored 10 goals. He struck 12 goals in 9th Azlan Shah Cup. He scored 16 goals in 5th Asia Cup. From 16 Asia Cup’s goals, he struck 7 goals against Sri-Lanka. Consequently, he became one of those Pakistani players who performed double hat-tricks in international matches. In 1999, he scored 60 goals. It broke the world record of Litjens for 58 goals and national record of Sardar for 50 goals.

On 4th October 2004, he broke a 22 year old record of Paul Litijens after his 267th goal in the Champions Trophy. He was retired from international hockey team on December 2004. On 4th July 2006, he took a decision to come back in international cricket. He played for a Dutch club “Rotterdam”. In 26th Champion Trophy, he scored 33rd goal to break Mark Hager’s record. It was a 66th –minute penalty-stroke against India with a 2-1 win.
He was a top scorer during 2000 Olympic Games. He authenticated himself as one of the world’s most compatible drag-flick converter. His success rate was marked upto 65%. Sohail was called for the 2010 Hockey World Cup. Alas, Pakistan didn’t perform well in it. He won a gold medal in 2010 Asian Games. In semi-final match Malaysia beat India by 4-3. In final match between Pakistan and Malaysia, he scored a penalty corner. It gave a forefront to Pakistan by 1-0. It was a herculean achievement for Pakistan to win an international trophy after 16 wrenching years. He was a top scorer in 2011 with the credit of scoring 21 goals. Abbas was granted with captaincy for London Olympics 2012 and Azlan Shah Cup. His captaincy came into an end after Olympics. In January 2018, he was called for the captaincy of World XI for two matches.

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