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Sandesh Jhingan – Gladiator of modern Indian Football

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Sandesh Jhingan, the combative Indian center-back, is one of the most popular footballers in India nowadays. As we celebrate his birthday, let’s talk about the journey of a modern hero of Indian Football.

Grabbing 36 appearances and scoring 4 goals for the Indian national team and having  78 appearances for the Kerela Blasters, he has been the poster boy for both club and country’s football team. He has captained the tuskers for a small period in the ISL and also captained the national team to a famous 0-0 draw against China.

The 27 years old defender has been catching the attention of the nation’s football fans for quite some time now. He started his professional football training in the reputed St. Stephen’s Football Academy of Chandigarh and stayed there until 2011.

After 9 years of amazing football, including games in I-League first and second divisions, The Indian Super League and at the international level, Sandesh is now a free agent and is being rumored to have shown interest by big clubs like newly merged ATK Mohun Bagan FC, FC Goa and the Scottish Premiership side Motherwell FC. He was recently nominated for the Arjuna Award alongside his Indian teammate Jeje Lalpekhlua.

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Sandesh first came on the scene in 2014 when he played 14 games for the Kerele blasters and was awarded “The Emerging Player of the Season” award in the first season of ISL. That year he also won the AIFF Emerging Player Award.

Sandesh enjoyed some loan spells at Sporting goa in 2015, at DSK Shivajians in 2016 and further for Bengaluru FC in 2017, before becoming a regular starter for the Tuskers in 2018 and is till date their most capped player.

“I think the captain has to reflect the attitude of the coach. Sandesh first played for me four years ago. He is a fighter and a leader. He gives everything on the pitch which most of the players do.” Indian team head coach Stephen Constantine praised Sandesh before the China game. “I think he is going to be one of the leaders for India going forward. Keeping the magnitude of the game in mind, I believe he deserves to lead the team,” he added.

In a practice against NorthEast United FC on  10th October 2019, Jhingan sustained a knee injury causing a rupture in his ACL. The injury has forced him to miss the whole 2019/20 season. The defender was released by Kerela blasters of his services and in his honor, the club has retired his jersey number 21. Sandesh Jhingan in an interview has made it clear that he will return at the start of next season.

We wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he returns better than ever and becomes the formidable force in defense for his national side as well as his new club.

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  1. Very well written. 🙌
    Footballers like them can bring the golden period of 1950’s back for India again.🔥🔥

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