Rugby ace Bose plays footie for Sikkim

Bollywood actor and former India rugby player Rahul Bose is glad to have done his bit for earthquake-hit Sikkim by participating in an exhibition football match organised by former India captain Baichung Bhutia in collaboration with the Sikkim government.

Actor and rugby player Rahul Bose alongwith the Super Star X1 team in
Gangtok yesterday

Bose lined up for Super Star Xl, alongside big names like legendary Scorpion guitarist Rudolf Schenkar, French World Cup winner Christian Karembu, World Motor Sports Champion Tim Tranker, former India footballers Shyam Thapa & IM Vijayan, against Bhutia's United Sikkim Football Club. Former Holland ace Ruud Gullit was in charge of Super Star X1.

Around 9000 people were in attendance at the Paljor Stadium (Gangtok) for the match, the proceeds of which will be donated to the victims of the earthquake that hit Sikkim last September.

"This region has suffered so much since the earthquake. This match is a way of saying Sikkim is back," said Bose, whose team lost the exhibition match 4-7 yesterday.

Bose couldn't help compare football to his pet sport, rugby. "My only problem is that the ball is round, compared to a rugby ball," Bose said in a lighter vein.  It's funny to see people run past you all the time. That's not how it is in rugby. But I saved a goal and managed to put in a slide tackle," said Bose, who slotted in at right-back.

The 44-year-old was all praise for Bhutia, whose initiative made this event possible. "It's a privilege just to know him. I like to see this whole year as Baichung's tribute year.

"He is one of the few Indian sportspersons like Sachin (Tendulkar) and Leander (Paes), who have been around for nearly two decades," Bose said of Bhutia, who received a grand farewell from Indian football in a friendly against German giants Bayern Munich earlier this month.

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