India Captain Bhaichung Bhutia Named Player Of The Nehru Cup

'The Sikkimese Sniper' has bagged the MVP award and will drive a motorbike home...
Bhaichung Bhutia once again belied his age and emerged as the Player of the Tournament at this year's Nehru Cup, a year after having been named the Most Valuable Player of the AFC Challenge Cup.

The evergreen striker helped India break the deadlock as he scored against Krygyzstan in his 100th game and thus relieved his team-mates of the pressure they were under following the opening day loss to Lebanon.

Bhaichung won the penalty for India in the same match which was converted by Sunil Chhetri.

Then came the game against Sri Lanka, where he was at the centre of every attack and scored another to take his personally tally in the tournament to two goals.

He was rested against Syria in the final round robin game as India had already qualified for the decider.

In the final itself, it was Bhaichung who started the game on a brilliant note with the left footed strike. And it was the former Bury player who won the free kick from which Renedy Singh scored.

All this, no less, at a moment when his future is up in the air. His club has suspended him, and the Indian FA has delayed the matter with some needless interference at the wrong moment.

As it's famously said: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

And are you still wondering for whom it applies?

Rahul Bali