Muhammad Imran has given India eight of its current international players, including Nidhi Khullar, the vice-captain of the Indian women's hockey team, who recently drew admirers for her excellent display of skills at the Rio Olympics. Despite his contribution to Indian hockey, however, Imran has been reduced to selling track suits on a bicycle in rural Uttar Pradesh.
Imran has coached more than 50 players, both men and women. He has international stars like Rita Pandey, Rajni Choudhari, Sanjeev Ojha, Pratima Choudhari, Janardan Gupta and Sanvar Ali to flaunt as disciples, as reported by India Live Today.
However, he has no time to either flaunt or introspect his success. He played for the Fertilisation Corporation of India and coached aspiring young players, but can't do so anymore, as the institution has been shut down. With a meagre pension of Rs 1,000 and his daughter's wedding ahead, the father of two now cycles around Gorakhpur district selling track suits, reports Huffington Post.
In spite of his pressing circumstances, Imran continues his tryst with hockey, as his love for the sport is unconditional. In the little time he can spare, Imran continues to train young and aspiring players who wish to play India's national sport, hoping that they face less apathy and forge for themselves a better future.