World records of the hockey legend, Sohail Abbas!!

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Posted: 24 December 2009 at 7:44am | IP Logged
Sohail Abbas and records are synonymous

In the first match of the Champions Challenge Cup in Argentina, Pakistani drag flicker, Sohail Abbas became the first player in history to score 300 goals in international hockey. The wise decision by the new setup of the PHF to recall the Karachi boy, who didn't play for Pakistan during 2007 and 2008, is paying off. At the World Cup qualifiers, Sohail was tournament's top scorer with nine goals including two in the do-or-die final.

Sohail who has been playing in the lucrative Dutch league for last many years holds a surfeit of records.


-Highest number of individual goals in international hockey -- broke Holland's Paul Litjens record of 267 goals on Oct 08 2004 in test vs India at Amritsar.

-First and the ONLY international hockey player to score 300 goals.

- Highest number of goals in a calendar year: 60 goals in 1999
It is interesting to note his tally of 59 goals in 2004 is only one goal less than his record of 60 in 1999.

- Fastest to score 100 goals in international hockey: two years six months and 18 days.

- Fastest to score 200 goals in international hockey: five years five months and 16 days.

- World's most consistent drag-flick converter with a success rate of 65%

- Best short corner expert in World Hockey.

-He has scored one double hat trick and 21 hat tricks: a record unmatched in the history of international field hockey.


- Sohail's tally of 16 goals in the 1999 Asia cup is a record for a single edition of that competition (which he shares with compatriot Hasan Sardar).

- He is Pakistan's all time top scorer in Olympics with 19 goals from two Olympics.

- For a single edition of Olympic games also, Sohail,s tally of 11 goals in the 2004 Olympics is a Pakistan record.

- For World Cup also, Sohail is Pakistan's overall top scorer with a total of 16 goals from three appearances.

- He is Pakistan's top scorer in the elite champions trophy as well with 40 goals. In fact, it was also the highest overall tally for this tournament till this year's Champions trophy. It was broken by another great drag flicker of this age, Holland's Taeke Taekema.

- In a single edition of the champions trophy also Sohail holds Pakistan's record with eight goals (2001 champions).

- Overall top scorer of the 2004 Olympics with 11 goals.

- Joint overall top scorer of the 2002 World Cup with 10 goals.


All I can say is : "WOW!!! What a legend!!!!" Clap   Clap Clap
Sadly, he never got the respect he deserved in Pakistan. In fact, it's a shame that most people in Pakistan don't even know about all these records. Ouch

Edited by coolsonu - 24 December 2009 at 7:45am

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