Sandesh Jhingan was named the 27th footballer to win the prestigious Arjuna Award on 29th August on the occasion of National Sports Day, his predecessors congratulated and welcomed him to the “elite Arjuna club”.
Sunil Chhetri said in his message to Sandesh Jhingan, “Welcome to the Arjuna Club.”
The Indian captain said, “I wanted to be the first one to congratulate him when I heard the news. So 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 secure every time we go together for war. Good luck to him, and congratulations.”
Jhingan made his international debut in March 2015 in a FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier play-off against Nepal in Guwahati. The player who captained the side on Jhingan’s debut Subrata Paul also known as ‘Spiderman’ said, “the best is yet to come” for the 27-year-old.
Subrata said, “Winning the Arjuna Award is a major achievement for any sportsperson. Congratulations. I hope he takes this award as motivation and continues to perform for his country and club, and bring more and more success. 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.”
Indian national team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu received the Arjuna Award last year, both Jhingan and Gurpreet hail from Chandigarh, Punjab. Gurpreet congratulated his mate and the new entry to the Arjuna Award club, he said, “Sandesh’s confidence on the field has been a standout feature.”
Sandhu said, “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.”
Gurpreet further added, “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.”