The present Doodle celebrates incredible Pakistani squash player Hashim Khan, generally venerated as one of the game’s unequaled most prominent players. On this day in 1951, Khan won the British Open Squash Championships impelling him from relative lack of definition to the status of a worldwide symbol.
Conceived in 1914, Khan was brought up in Peshawar, a little town in what was then India. His dad worked at a British officials’ club with squash courts where Khan apprenticed as a ballboy. Learning the ropes of the game while on his off-hours, Khan played shoeless on the club’s harsh block courts—an early demonstration of his perseverance. By age 28, Khan turned into a squash professional and before long, a national boss of the game. In the wake of winning three All-of-India titles, the recently autonomous administration of Pakistan drafted him to speak to the nation at the 1951 British Open.
Khan ruled during his first appearance at the British Open, thought about squash’s big showdown at that point, and proceeded to bring home the terrific prize. He came back to Pakistan a national saint with a million people welcoming him upon his appearance. This momentous triumph turned into the main hurrah of the Khan family’s squash administration. Throughout the following 46 years, the competition was won multiple times by either Khan or one of his family members, including famous players Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan. Building up a profession that earned him a spot in the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame, Khan won seven British Opens, five British Professional Championships, three U.S. Opens, and three Canadian Opens.
Much obliged to you, Hashim Khan, for demonstrating that through difficult work and assurance, individuals from each foundation can accomplish significance.