The veteran goalkeeper thinks himself to be the very best when he’s on the pitch…
Subhasish Roy Chowdhury had simply capped off an exceptional debut season within the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) with ATK after profitable the title in its maiden version. Though he was benched within the latter half of the season after Armenian goalkeeper Apoula Edima Edel Bete was promoted to the primary XI, his spectacular performances within the preliminary matches caught the eye of a number of golf equipment within the nation.
In December 2014, East Bengal introduced that they’ve gained the race to signal him for the 2014-15 I-League season. Despite having Abhijit Mondal, Abhra Mondal and Luis Barreto of their ranks, the Pink and Golds selected to rope in Roy Chowdhury.
As anticipated Armando Colaco selected to begin with him and the keeper proved his value with stellar performances one after one other. However on one afternoon, the whole lot fell aside.
“In opposition to Royal Wahingdoh, I couldn’t proceed after 15 minutes. I had torn my anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus in my proper knee. It was horrific,” reminisced the goalkeeper to Objective, earlier than flying to Dubai to take part within the nationwide camp.
He returned to Kolkata and was gazing a darkish abyss. ATK had agreed phrases with him for the following ISL marketing campaign, however his damage closed that avenue. And East Bengal too was reluctant to supply him a brand new contract.
In July 2015, he acquired operated on his knee.
“I had no hopes of enjoying that season. No person will signal an injured participant. Nevertheless, Delhi Dynamos supplied me and so they despatched me to Sao Paulo in Brazil for restoration. It was the 2 most tough months in my profession. I couldn’t perceive the language, couldn’t eat their meals, did not know anybody. It was horrible. However these are belongings you do as a footballer to return again as soon as once more.”
After doing rehab in Brazil, he felt significantly better however was nonetheless removed from match health. He joined the Dynamos arrange and began to coach below Roberto Carlos.
“It is rather tough to observe your teammates play from the sidelines. Bu Carlos supported me so much. In reality, I feel my largest achievement is that Carlos stated in entrance of the entire dressing room ‘Roy Chowdhury is without doubt one of the most hard-working gamers I’ve come throughout.’ Nothing will get larger than this.”
The Brazilian fielded him in a single match (in opposition to Kerala Blasters) for his efforts and arduous work in coaching. However in I-League, he discovered no bidder. Nevertheless, FC Goa’s Zico signed him for the 2016 ISL season. And after one yr seven months and 4 days, he lastly returned to the pitch in opposition to his former crew ATK in a 1-1 draw. He performed in 4 consecutive matches however was as soon as once more relegated to the bench as he continued to battle with a niggling ache in his knee.
“It took greater than two years to get utterly match. In 2017 after I performed for Kerala Blasters I used to be utterly match. However it’s tough to make a comeback and I performed seven video games in that season. I moved to Jamshedpur, however as soon as once more I used to be enjoying second fiddle to Subrata Paul, regardless of having an excellent begin to the match.”
Roy Chowdhury as soon as once more shifted base in quest of extra recreation time and signed for NorthEast United. With the Highlanders, he as soon as once more turned an undisputed starter within the crew. After a harrowing expertise, he has lastly discovered solace in his present outfit.
” I’m actually completely satisfied at NorthEast. I’m enjoying there for 2 seasons and it feels nice to be in that membership. It’s due to the assist that I acquired from the membership, I’ve been in a position to give my greatest and as soon as once more acquired a name from the nationwide crew.”
The previous ISL champion has acquired again his perception and is able to fireplace for the nationwide crew if given an opportunity by coach Igor Stimac.
“I all the time assume I’m the very best. After I get onto the pitch, I feel that I’m the very best and I’m unbeatable. It feels nice to be again on the nationwide crew. I want to repay the belief that coach Igor Stimac has proven in me by giving my greatest for the nationwide jersey if I’m given an opportunity,” asserted the keeper.
Stimac is spoilt for alternative on this division with the likes of Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu able to pounce on each given alternative. But when the 34-year-old can show his mettle in coaching, he would possibly simply as properly get the chance to characterize India as soon as once more after a hiatus of greater than 9 years.