A few of India’s prime footballers, together with nationwide workforce captain Sunil Chhetri, have lavished wealthy reward on defender Sandesh Jhingan for profitable the Arjuna award. Jhingan is the 27th footballer to win the celebrated award.
Mercurial striker Chhetri, who obtained the Arjuna in 2011 and the Padma Shri in 2019, expressed his delight and termed Jhingan as a “nice position mannequin”.
“Welcome to the Arjuna membership,” Chhetri mentioned in his message to Jhingan. “I wished to be the primary one to congratulate him once I heard the information. I referred to as him up and we had a hearty chat. He’s the right instance of the brand new technology of Indian gamers – fearless, formidable, and consistently prepared to improve himself. He is a good position mannequin for kids and is somebody whom I belief blindly and really feel secured each time we go collectively for struggle. Good luck to him.”
It was in March 2015 that Jhingan made his debut for India throughout a FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier play-off in opposition to Nepal in Guwahati and main the aspect on the evening was former goalkeeper Subrata Paul, who obtained the Arjuna in 2016. Hailing Jhingan for his newest achievement, Paul felt that “one of the best is but to come back” for the 27-year-old.
“Successful the Arjuna Award is a serious achievement for any sportsperson. I hope he takes this award as motivation and continues to carry out for his nation and membership, and produce increasingly success,” Paul mentioned.
“Sandesh being conferred the Arjuna Award signifies how good his performances have been. Since 2014, he has been bettering and consistently rising as a participant. Nevertheless, his finest is but to come back.”
It has been back-to-back Arjuna Awards within the sport for Punjab soccer as present India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu gained it final yr. Gurpreet and Jhingan hail from Chandigarh and the duo has been a mainstay within the Blue Tigers backline in recent times.
Gurpreet congratulated his colleague on the achievement and talked about that ‘Sandesh’s confidence on the sector has been a standout characteristic.’
“Congratulations to Sandesh on this unimaginable achievement. It’s a large second to your family. You could have completed them and all of Chandigarh proud. I hope you proceed the way in which you will have. You continue to have a lot to present to Indian soccer,” he Gurpreet.
“Sandesh has been actually good and constant over time and has change into an integral a part of the workforce. The way in which he has performed for us over time and has led younger footballers is superb. What I like about Sandesh is his confidence. On the pitch, it has by no means modified. He likes the management position and tries to hold everybody round him, which I like,” Gurpreet quipped.
Paul inspired Jhingan to proceed working arduous with ‘dedication and honesty’. “He is aware of how a lot I like him. After we had been roommates, I used to inform him the identical factor and I want to reiterate it once more – Work arduous with out ever worrying concerning the end result,” Paul mentioned.