Kerala Blasters FC, currently navigating a challenging phase in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2024, has slipped from the top spot in the league standings due to a series of tough results. The team now finds itself in the sixth position following a recent defeat against Bengaluru FC on Saturday.

The primary hurdle for Kerala Blasters FC this season has been the string of injuries to key players. The loss of Aiban Dohling in defence, Kwame Peprah in the forward position, and more recently, goalkeeper Sachin Suresh has significantly impacted the team's performance. In addition, midfielders Jeakson Singh and Vibin Mohanan are still in the process of regaining full fitness after their own injury setbacks. However, the most substantial setback has been the absence of their captain, Adrian Luna, who, before his injury in December, was a standout performer with three goals and four assists in nine games, playing a pivotal role in crucial victories.

With Suresh sidelined, the responsibility between the sticks has now fallen on goalkeeper Karanjit Singh. The veteran goalkeeper has assured fans of Kerala Blasters FC that the club is ready to navigate through this challenging phase, promising strong performances that will make the supporters proud.

"Pressure is inevitable, but it should never overshadow our performance. Our responsibility to the fans is paramount. We should always be responsible to the fans who have put their trust in us." Singh said in an exclusive interview with

Singh, a two-time ISL Cup winner with Chennaiyin FC, made the move to Kerala Blasters FC in 2021 and is now in his third season with the club. His debut for the Blasters took place during the 2022-23 campaign, a season in which the team successfully reached the playoffs for a second-straight time.

Since the unfortunate injury to Suresh, Singh has been a pivotal figure for Kerala Blasters FC, featuring in the last three games. When questioned about his role on the field, Karanjit emphasised his dedication to the team's defensive efforts while highlighting his commitment to preventing goals.

"My primary focus is to maintain a solid defense. Since joining the club, this has been my mission,” he said.

From 2021 to 2023, the Punjab FC goalkeeper has been part of the squad that made it to the ISL playoffs in back-to-back seasons, a feat the club had not accomplished before. Despite the absence of an ISL title in their accolades, Singh emphasised that the team's determination to compete for and claim trophies remains steadfast.

"I approach every club with the same dedication. My goal is simple: to contribute to the team's success and clinch victory. Kerala Blasters' aim is clear every season: to clinch the (ISL Cup) title. I share the same objective," he revealed.

Amidst a barrage of injuries this season, Kerala Blasters FC has provided ample opportunities to young talents from their youth ranks, and these emerging players have exceeded expectations, restoring faith in the team. Navigating seamlessly into the first team, these youngsters have capitalised on their chances. 

Singh expressed admiration for the remarkable performances of these budding talents, acknowledging the club's commitment to grooming young players.

"The club's emphasis on nurturing young talent is paying off. Players like Sachin (Suresh), Vibin (Mohanan), Nihal (Sudeesh), (Mohammed) Azhar, and (Mohammed) Aimen are seizing their opportunities and showcasing exceptional skills," he observed.