Some of India’s best footballers, together with nationwide workforce captain Sunil Chhetri, have lavished wealthy reward on defender Sandesh Jhingan for successful the Arjuna award. Jhingan is the 27th footballer to win the celebrated award.
Mercurial striker Chhetri, who gained the Arjuna in 2011 and the Padma Shri in 2019, expressed his pleasure and termed Jhingan as a “great role model”.
“Welcome to the Arjuna club,” Chhetri mentioned in his message to Jhingan. “I wanted to be the first one to congratulate him when I heard the news. I called him up and we had a hearty chat. He is the perfect example of the new generation of Indian players – fearless, ambitious, and constantly willing to upgrade himself. He is a great role model for youngsters and is someone whom I trust blindly and feel secured every time we go together for war. Good luck to him.”
It used to be in March 2015 that Jhingan made his debut for India all through a FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier play-off towards Nepal in Guwahati and main the facet at the evening used to be former goalkeeper Subrata Paul, who gained the Arjuna in 2016. Hailing Jhingan for his newest success, Paul felt that “the best is yet to come” for the 27-year-old.
“Winning the Arjuna Award is a major achievement for any sportsperson. I hope he takes this award as motivation and continues to perform for his country and club, and bring more and more success,” Paul mentioned.
“Sandesh being conferred the Arjuna Award indicates how good his performances have been. Since 2014, he has been improving and constantly growing as a player. However, his best is yet to come.”
It has been back-to-back Arjuna Awards within the recreation for Punjab soccer as present India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu received it remaining 12 months. Gurpreet and Jhingan hail from Chandigarh and the duo has been a mainstay within the Blue Tigers backline lately.
Gurpreet congratulated his colleague at the success and discussed that ‘Sandesh’s self belief at the box has been a standout characteristic.’
“Congratulations to Sandesh on this incredible achievement. It is a huge moment for your family. You have done them and all of Chandigarh proud. I hope you continue the way you have. You still have so much to give to Indian football,” he Gurpreet.
“Sandesh has been really good and consistent over the years and has become an integral part of the team. The way he has played for us over the years and has led young footballers is amazing. What I like about Sandesh is his confidence. On the pitch, it has never changed. He likes the leadership role and tries to carry everyone around him, which I admire,” Gurpreet quipped.
Paul inspired Jhingan to proceed running laborious with ‘dedication and honesty’. “He knows how much I like him. When we were roommates, I used to tell him the same thing and I would like to reiterate it again – Work hard without ever worrying about the result,” Paul mentioned.