Posted on 28/Aug/2018
The name of Jahangir Khan, who was the most talented, most renown, most famous, most lively and probably greatest player of all time, has reserved much of its resonance because he has succeeded to remain in or close to the limelight for nearly 40 years. Jahangir Khan conquered international squash in the 1980's and 90's. In his early age, Jahangir was physically weak and as a boy, had a poor health but later he was destined to become the undefeated squash winner for a long time in the squash history.
Jahangir Khan was born in Karachi, on December 10 in 1963. Luckily, born to a squash family he proved later that squash was in his blood. His father name was Roshan Khan who was a former Champion of British Open. His elder brother, Torsam, was also a talented player on the international route.
Jahangir Khan became World Amateur Squash Champion at the age of just 15, but it was only the start of a record-breaking professional career. And at the even age of 17, he got the title of the youngest ever World Open Champion, going on to win the title a total of six times; he won the prestigious British Open a record 10 times, and played the second longest match in squash history, remaining unbeaten in 555 consecutive matches over 5 years and 8 months.
He also conquered the International and North American hardball squash as number one at the same time. As we know that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam, Jahangir became an icon for massive Muslims around the world, though some of them had no other link with squash.
Jahangir Khan, who is Pakistan’s squash legend, and earned a record-breaking 555 repeated competitive matches, was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Sports Award at the 8th edition of the Asian Awards held in London. Many experts of squash game have given Jahangir Khan the titles of "The King of Squash" and "Greatest Squash Champion" for his incredible achievements in squash.
Jahangir Khan surprisingly became a beacon of hope for the sick and the deprived, as well as the young. He had a persistent hernia as a child, and doctors warned him to avoid vigorous activity. His father, Roshan Khan, who was also a British Open champion once, pondered if giving Jahangir a name meaning “the conqueror" had been a bit hopeful.
There is no doubt that Jahangir Khan is a great asset of Pakistan and his achievements are a true marvel in the history of sport. In 1980s, Jahangir dominated the Squash game and his legacy is one which will be remembered by people for years to come.