Jansher Khan: One of the world’s best squash players

Jansher Khan, a squash player from Pakistan, is largely recognized as one of the best players in the history of the sport.

For a long time, the mere mention of the name Khan was sufficient to evoke mental pictures of squash grandeur. Khan was a world-renowned player. Jansher did not come from a family of squash greats, in contrast to his more renowned predecessor Jahangir Khan (no relation), who had that distinction. His father was a supply officer with the Pakistan Air Force, where he served for many years. On the other hand, two of his older brothers were born with a natural talent for sports.

 The fact that Jansher won the world junior championship in Australia in 1986 and then again in Scotland in 1988 brought him to the forefront of the public’s notice. But he had reached such a level of maturity by the time those two triumphs were under his belt that he could win the men’s World Open in May of 1987. In the same year, he also broke the custom of paying respect to one’s elders by beating Jahangir three times.  After ascending to the top rank in the world, Jansher made quick work of all his challengers and remained unchallenged.

Khan was more physically capable than his predecessors and outperformed them in terms of reflexes, speed, and racket work. Khan was unrivaled.

Khan established a new record by winning the British Open for a record-setting sixth time in 1997, but his eight World Open wins truly demonstrate how far ahead of the pack he was. Khan publicly proclaimed his intention to retire in 2001; nevertheless, he returned to competition later, even though by that point, his supremacy around the globe had significantly diminished. Despite this, he was justifiably acknowledged as one of the greatest squash players in history.

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