Tendulkar's positivity is contagious: Sandesh Jhingan

back icon
safari
31 May 2020 | 10:34 AM
authorPTI

Tendulkar's positivity is contagious: Sandesh Jhingan

After their loss to ATK in the ISL final, Tendulkar motivated a dejected Kerala Blasters team that it took him six attempts to win a World Cup

heart

Share

Sandesh Jhingan finds Sachin Tendulkar's positivity "contagious" and for motivation, the rising India footballer knows he need not look beyond the cricket legend, and his world cup glory after six attempts. Tendulkar previously co-owned Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Kerala Blasters, in which Jhingan played for six years. During a Facebook interactive organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Jhingan said, "After losing to ATK in the final of the first edition of ISL, we were so heartbroken.

"I was so drained and upset. He came to me and calmly said 'Sandesh, it took me 6 attempts to win the World Cup. You can't lose your heart after losing it in the first go."

One of India's best defenders at the moment, he added, "His positivity is so contagious. When he's around you, you will feel cheered up, positive. His calmness is something which every one of us must take a lesson from. That's why he's a legend." 

Jhingan said the ISL played a role in Indian football's overall development in recent years. "Rising from 173 to 96 in the FIFA rankings, we have travelled a long way till now. From playing tough games against Nepal to giving tough time to Qatar in Qatar -- Indian football has experienced a lot in recent times."

The AIFF's Arjuna Awardee nominee added: "I believe ISL deserves the due credit. We shared the dressing room with players whom we looked up during our childhood. They were untouchable when we were kids. That has provided us with the motivational boost."

Jhingan spoke about how he learned by playing with European players such as Wes Brown and Aaron Hughes during his stint with Kerala Blasters FC. "We never realised how good we were until we played against quality opponents. The foreign exposure games left a huge impact on our recent transition. Games against PR China, Qatar, Puerto Rico and mostly the matches in AFC Asian Cup helped us gain the boost in a big way.

"The current batch is very ambitious. Since making debut with Pritam and all in 2015, I have seen this batch throughout."

Talking about the draw against Qatar in the World Cup Qualifier in Doha, he said: "Even when we walked out of the dressing room it didn't cross our mind that we can't do well against Qatar in Qatar. We got in there, stuck in there and got the results. Everybody (in the team) wants the result. Everyone is equally ambitious."

"2026 (World Cup) is not very far. It's not only those 23 players and support staff who contribute to the team's performance -- it's every single Indian who have to stick together, no matter what." 

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Sachin Ramesh TendulkarIndia

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
2023 CWC qualifying matches rescheduled
Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 to take place in Zimbabwe between June 18 and July 9
userICC media release
16 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
My game is inspired by Dhoni's approach to cricket: Thapa
The India midfielder is also keen to see how Dhoni goes in the IPL this season
userPTI
19 Sep 2020
safari
INTERVIEW
George Dockrell: Wasn’t sure if Ireland would get an opportunity to play Tests during my career
The Ireland spinner, who made his Test debut earlier this year, is set to play a key role in the upcoming tour of England
userPramod Ananth
22 Jul 2020
safari
INTERVIEW
Ahmed Raza: Bowling in T10 is like bowling in a Super Over
The UAE spinner opens about his stint as captain, progress of UAE and its players over the years, among other topics
userPramod Ananth
08 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
"We should have you in the Indian team in some way" - Rohit tells Raina
Speaking to Suresh Raina on an Instagram Live chat, Rohit Sharma spoke on a variety of topics
userCricket.com Staff
13 May 2020
safari
NEWS
Kohli plays football during practice as if it's FIFA World Cup final: Hussain
He expressed his amazement at Kohli's intensity and his hunger to succeed
userPTI
12 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
I believe destiny is in India's favour: Krishnamurthy on Women's T20 WC final
Krishnamurthy said specific roles have been set for every player of the squad and they all are trying to contribute as much as they can to help the team achieve its goal
userPTI
06 Mar 2020
safari
NEWS
Ganguly made face of upcoming ISL season
The former Indian captain will takeover as BCCI president soon
userPTI
17 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
Less is more - Ganguly on hosting WC every three years
ICC is also planning to organise T20 World Cup every year
userPTI
16 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
India must not press panic button despite loss to New Zealand, feels Tendulkar
New Zealand thrashed India, one of the World Cup favourites, by six wickets at the Oval on Sunday in a warm-up match.
userAFP
27 May 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved