Football is the most popular game in the world and it is surprising that we are nowhere today.
But it wasn't always like that. We seemed to be on the way of becoming a good footballing nation after Independence.
In 1950, we qualified for the FIFA World Cup but withdrew due to lack of shoes! We won an Asiad gold in 1951 and reached the semis in 1956. That’s pretty impressive, but what alternative reality would Indian football have seen if we had actually played FIFA 1950?