June 15, 1969
Jansher Khan is considered to be among squash’s most illustrious figures. He first came to prominence when he won the world junior championship in Australia in 1986 – a feat he repeated at the next junior tournament in Scotland, two years later. It was in 1987 that he sidestepped the popular principle of deferring to seniors by beating rival, Jahangir three times. Jansher moved to the top of the world rankings and thereafter shrugged off his challengers. Khan’s wiry frame, lightning reflexes and speed were complemented by great racket work and a relentless training regimen that outstripped those of his contemporaries. He formally announced his intent to retire from the sport in 2001, but returned to compete again several years thereafter; by then, however, his previous excellence on the international stage was on the wane.