He never shy away from the dirt and the dust. The elbows and the physicality of the game only inspire him to perform better. He doesn’t care about the statistics or the records in his kitty, what matters is the game – the game he is so passionate about. The game that is his life. Being a football player is not easy. No sport is easy. But when your passion surpasses all obstacles, you truly become a champion.
Today, we try to decode the interesting life of a talented footballer and an equally talented writer, Sandesh Jhingan. There are some myriad aspects of this gentleman that many may not be aware of. What gives him the off-field kick to kick a storm in the field and what inspired him to take up the sport. Let us find out!
Date of Birth
21 July 1993
Teams Played for
United Sikkim, Mumbai, Kerala Blasters, India U23, India
Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Sandesh Jhingan learned the tricks of his trade at the St. Stephen’s Academy in Chandigarh. He was fortunate to receive training from the very best in the field. His superior talent was prominent right from the beginning. He went on to represent the Chandigarh state team soon.
The Football Journey
In 2011, Jhingan started his senior career with the club United Sikkim. In 2013, he was signed by Mumbai FC. Later he played for Sporting Goa, DSK Shivajians, and Bengaluru FC.
Jhingan is known for his focus and aggression on the field. In an interview with Goal, he explained the reason behind this attitude,
“When I was a kid, I was always into history. I liked those history characters. I liked reading about Genghis Khan. I was interested in wars. That was one thing that got me as a young boy. Maybe that got carried on into my game. Honestly, I don’t think about going into a game like that but it comes naturally.”
Indian Football Team
Tommorow we go again ???? pic.twitter.com/4P1qLkgCch
— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) January 13, 2019
Sandesh Jhingan made his Indian debut in March 2015 against Nepal. Head coach Stephen Constantine gave him the opportunity. In 2017, Jhingan captained the Indian team for the Hero Tri-Nation Football Series.
Indian Super League played a major role in bringing Jhingan’s talent to the forefront. He holds the record of being the most featured Indian player in the league.
On 18th August 2017, he was honoured with the captaincy of the Indian squad.
Always nice to start the season with a win. Well done boys! Onto the next one ?? pic.twitter.com/40BxnNugHb
— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) September 30, 2018
Being one of the best players in the country, Jhingan is in great demand from various clubs. However, he has decided to stay with Kerala Blasters for the latest edition of the league. Nelo Vingada, the new coach of Kerala Blasters was very keen that Jhingan continued his association with the team.
Overall, Jhingan has played 71 games in ISI, all with Kerala Blasters. He also captained the side in the 2017 season.
His association with the club was renewed again in the next season till the year 2020. The club paid a whopping Rs. 3.8 crores to retain him for the period, making him one of the most expensive players in the league.
“That is football, everybody wants to win. We want to win as well. But sometimes things don’t go according to the plan. One thing I am proud of with this batch of players is that even when the bad times came, we never stopped working.”
“We kept working hard, we always stick together. It is the friendliest squad that I have been part of during my Kerala Blasters career. When the bad results come, a lot of ego clashes and blame games tend to happen but this group, we all support each other,” he told Goal in an interview.
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In 2017, Jhingan was earning a smooth INR 1.2 crores as a defender for Kerala Blasters. He was retained by the squad till the year 2020 for a stunning amount of Rs. 3.8 crores.
- I-League- 2012
Kerala Blasters FC
- Indian Super League: 2014, 2016 (Runner-up)
- Indian Super League: Emerging Player of the Season- 2014
- All India Football Federation: Emerging Player of the Year- 2014
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Along with being one of the best footballers in the country, Jhingan is a terrific writer. He is always brimming with ideas and can start writing as soon as he is presented with a paper and pen. We are sharing some of Jhingam’s works from Instagram here-
Interesting Facts about Sandesh Jhingan
- Very different from youngsters of his age, Jhingan doesn’t fancy the fast life. Instead of spending his free time partying or clubbing, Jhingan would prefer a quiet evening at the beach.
- He doesn’t mind some soothing music and good conversations though. An avid reader, Jhingan is a big fan of Paulo Coelho’s inspirational writing.
- Sandesh Jhingan has a very unique secret desire as well. He wants to know every language in the world so that he can read and write in each one of them. Now that is something we would never expect from a footballer!
With every achievement on and off the field as well, Sandesh Jhingan has proven how special he is. His writings are inspirational and his future as a footballer is bright. We cannot wait to see him attain greater heights in his personal and professional life!
Throwback to the time when i finally got the chance to meet the Legend "I.M. Vijayan sir" ?? pic.twitter.com/UgxWQpltOb
— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) March 25, 2019
Spending your evening is always memorable at fort kochi ☀️??? pic.twitter.com/grmstfed0k
— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) March 11, 2019
— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) March 25, 2019
Jhingan’s humility is very prominent from his message for the youngsters. In an interview with India Today, he was quoted as-
“They are too smart man, they really don’t need my advice, to be honest. They are doing all the right things, they work hard, eat well, rest well and that’s the good thing in India now. Not only these boys but others, in my club, and the boys I meet, they are really understanding that it’s not just about giving it all on the field but also about how you treat yourself and keep off the field and a lot of boys have understood the importance of it. So everyone’s professional.”
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