Putting off his football boot, the former Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia on February 2nd, 2020, was seen ploughing a field in his native village Tinkitam.
Tinkitam, a small town in South Sikkim, is located 45 minutes from the district head quarters Namchi.
Bhutia, who is known as the torchbearer of Indian football, today shared a 42-seconds-long video clip on his official Facebook page wherein he is seen ploughing the field. He applauded the farmers’ sacrifices to grow crops across the country.
“Back in my village, I tried ploughing the field with our traditional halo. It was a fun day but more than that I learned how hard and difficult their job is. To be a farmer, one has to be hardworking, focused, self-motivated and hopeful. It’s not easy to grow crops. It takes a lot of work and patience,” the legend wrote on Facebook.
Bhutia is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football. Three-time Indian Player of the Year IM Vijayan described Bhutia as “God’s gift to Indian football”. He started his career from East Bengal Club in 1993. He was the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club when he joined English club Bury in 1999.
Bhutia’s international footballing honours include winning the Nehru Cup, LG Cup, SAFF Championship three times and the AFC Challenge Cup. He is India’s second most capped player with 82 international caps to his name.
Photo credit: @BhaichungBhutiaOfficial