Mumbai: It's a quandary no sportsperson should ever find himself in. India striker and Asian Champions Trophy hero Yuvraj Valmiki, who shares a 10x10 shanty with his family, can make Rs 35 lakh by playing in the World Series Hockey tournament at the risk of forfeiting his India jersey. Caught between the needs of an impoverished family and the threat of losing his place in the national team, the striker is in a situation that reflects the sad state of Indian hockey.
At 21, while most others his age would be faced with the conundrum of career choices following a degree college certification, India's hockey hero Yuvraj Valmiki is faced with a unique, and possibly career-shattering challenge. He has to make the uncomfortable pick between money and the India jersey. (Also Read: Hockey hero's mother needs loan to cook biryani for her son)
While most would consider country a sure-shot pick, Valmiki's case is unique.