Given the scale and scope of things on the Maidan, a better homecoming would take some scripting. Bhaichung Bhutia finally touched base, returning to East Bengal —where the 32-year old India captain had started his ascent. Monday's return was also marked by the usual chaos that happens at such events when hero-worshippers gather in thousands.
"I am back," Bhutia quipped, Schwarzenegger-like, even as deafening chants of 'Bhaichung Bhaichung' reverberated around East Bengal.
“I started my career here and I'm going to end it here. This is my last signing and though I don't know when I can play, but I wish to end my career here, maybe after two or three years.” Mired in a controversy that started on May 14 with Mohun Bagan choosing to slap a show cause, Bhutia has had a topsy-turvy 38 days before sealing his fate by signing for East Bengal and insisting on Monday that he never said never again.
“I admit I have had problems with East Bengal. But that is past. The difference lies in the fact how Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have decided to treat the issue,” Bhutia said.