Sandesh Jhingan: Great feeling to be appointed Kerala captain

Kerala Blasters FC host Jamshedpur FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday, in what will be their second home match in a row. Having done well to secure a point against ATK on the opening night of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18, the Blasters will be hoping for their first win of the campaign against the Hero ISL debutants. Speaking to on the eve of the match was Kerala’s captain, Sandesh Jhingan. Here are the excerpts from the interview.

How does it feel to be Kerala Blasters captain?

It’s a good feeling! This is a big club which is supported by passionate fans, so it’s a great feeling. Also, to be appointed as the captain of the team by our coach is great.

When did your love for football start?

To be honest, I don’t remember! It started with a tennis ball actually and my brother Saurabh. So, it was really, really long back.

Does the captain’s armband bring extra responsibility?

Of course, with the captaincy, a lot of responsibilities come on your shoulders. But I like to lead, so when you enjoy something, you don’t feel much pressure. I just enjoy it, so I’m happy with it.

Were you surprised to be awarded the Emerging Player of the Year in Hero ISL 2014?

Yes, I was quite surprised actually when I got the message that I had won this award. But for me personally, I don’t care much about the individual awards. What I care more about is winning trophies for the team. In 2014, we missed out on the ISL. So, when I look back, I don’t look at it as me being the emerging player. What I look at is me losing the trophy.

Any message for the Kerala fans?

Thank you all for the unconditional love and support! Keep supporting us and we will try our best. We are trying our best every day to deliver the goods, and we love you all!

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