Whenever there is a discussion on sports, top most played ones such as Cricket, Football, Basketball flashes in our mind comparatively quicker. While living in 2021 we can proudly say we have quite stronger hand in sports but does that include all? Well, its unbalanced. We have great international Men’s as well as Women’s Cricket Team. While we surf through internet, we also found many clips of the plays being viral over the social media whereas do we get to witness any other sport getting the same fame including Indian players? Of course, no. Hence, I hate to say this but Cricket it over rated in India.
How we have no objection over the fact that being second most popular sport in the nation, we don’t have a stronger international football team to grab at least single win outside Asia?
Though the nation is more into cricket but there are many players trying to achieve heights in Football. Say North-east India, it never fails to input great football players into the nation. They live on the hills, works in the fields and have fresh green environment which not only makes them healthy but also make them flexible and is one of the factors of their strengthened physique. If we observe we find north-east peoples have naturally stronger calf than other regions due to their living conditions making it a god gift for them. What they need is a non-biased, non-discriminative sports committee along with exceptionally good coaches like we have in Cricket. While they live in a boundary region, they witness lots of border disputes and cross firings which makes them send their children to other states for safer education. This makes them sacrifice their game.
No doubt that there are players that have extra-ordinary game all over the nation although the focus is on north-east player is because it’s the strongest zone still an underrated one. If we train strong and classical players to be more superior in their game, they surely won’t disappoint us, in fact can brag medals and awards on the international level. If proper and well-established training centers and clubs get required funding and conventional stipend, there carry the potential to break the barriers and shine like stars. They won’t be another C. Ronaldo or L. Messi instead they will have their own identity.
Irrefutably failures are a part of life. But that doesn’t signify there will be no light of win in the darkness of constant failures. Though NorthEast United FC has faced such darkness and is still trying to be stronger by overcoming the common challenges which has also resulted in their underratedness. Moreover, if stood together with a constant support unbiased over the result of the match, they can gain a spotlight in the entire world of football. Not only practice but also encouragement from the public more than its given overseas players is a factor that plays role in achieving success. Felicitation, public speaking and promotion on national basis like it’s done in cricket should be a part of football as well.
Overall, we have a coal mine like North-East region full of diamond like football players but there’s need of correct direction and a training to bring the best out of themselves.