BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: India football team defender Subhasish Bose revealed that in cricket, his favourite player in the current team is Indian skipper Virat Kohli. However, his all-time favourite is BCCI president and Dada — Sourav Ganguly. Bose spoke on a range of topics on a live chat session on the official Indian Football Team Facebook page, which included sporting icons like Kohli, Ganguly, and also Roger Federer.
“When it comes to cricket, my favourite player in the current team is Virat Kohli. However, my all-time favourite is Sourav Ganguly,” he said. “I vividly remember watching him play since I was a small kid. I have grown up watching Dada’s play. Not just for me, he is an inspiration to so many other people as well,” he smiled.
Bose revealed that he is also a big-time fan of tennis legend Roger Federer, stating that he loves to watch the Swiss maestro play at every opportunity he gets. “I love watching Federer play. We keep travelling for matches but I follow his games at every chance I get. The way he has been at the top level for such a long time truly stands out for me and it is something I want to do in my career as well,” said the Mumbai City FC defender.
A versatile defender capable of playing as left-back or centre-back, Bose fielded a number of questions from budding players on how to improve their game. He delved into a number of aspects such as the important attributes required for a full-back and how to improve one’s weaker foot, among others.
“In the modern game, endurance is the most important attribute in a full-back for both attacking and defending. The first priority is to defend, the second is to help the team maintain possession, and then, you must choose the right moments to attack. In the attacking half, you have to be quick, play one or two-touch passes and create space for your teammates,” he explained.
Bose also spoke about the importance of being “mentally strong” during a match, even if the score line is not in one’s favour.
“It is important to have a strong mindset during games. You have to be mentally strong and not get demotivated if you concede a goal — no matter what time in the game it is. You have to keep playing well with confidence in order to fight and score on the other end,” he said.
With the country under lockdown as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, Bose stressed on the importance of maintaining one’s fitness while staying at home.
“It is important to keep ourselves fit at home in these times. We should keep doing exercises every day and you can find a number of exercises that you can do at home in the Fit With Indian Football videos on the Indian Football Team social media pages.”
“Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. Take care of yourself and your loved ones,” he signed off.