Sandesh Jhingan – We Need To Dream Big

Sports Rediscovered brings excerpts from a media interaction with Sandesh Jhingan, courtesy a media release from AIFF.

“It was way back in 2010 that I had sung my National Anthem playing for the India U-19 National side. And then it happened in Guwahati when National coach Stephen Constantine selected me for the job,”

Sandesh Jhingan echoed at a Media Interaction in Bengaluru on Tuesday (June 9).

“The moment gave me goosebumps.”

That separates the best from the rest. The rest play, the best represent his country.

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Sandesh Jhingan: Aiming Big (Image Credits: AIFF)

Man of the Hour- Stephen Constantine:

“Stephen Constantine is such an inspirational man. He always demands discipline – on and off the pitch. He is a great motivator besides being a shrewd tactician. His talks gives me goosebumps,”

That separates the best from the rest. The rest coach; the best inspire and motivate you further.

“The other day Constantine took us to the Army Training Centre. It was a test of our psyche. When we first saw our Army jawans demonstrating, we all were shocked. But we went out of our comfort zone and took it on,”

Jhingan, reflected.

“Constantine was one among the first to take up the challenge. That was an inspiration, an eye opener. Given his age, he raised the stakes. He just didn’t order. He led us. The first step was difficult. But once into it, you carried on.”

That separates the best from the rest. The rest ask you to do it, the best lead.

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Stephen Constantine: A Hard Task Master (Image Credits: AIFF)

Oman: Tough Road Ahead

“Against Oman, we need to be realistic and optimistic at the same time. Having possession for any team always matters but it doesn’t always guarantee you success. It is important to remember the instructions – both when you have, and don’t have the ball.”

Sandesh Jhingan opined.

“It is a tough group. Oman is a very good side. But if you want to dream, you should never be afraid. We need to believe in the system, our abilities. The entire team needs to dream big.”

“Injury period taught me to get mentally tougher”: Sandesh Jhingan

Referring to his earlier injuries, Jhingan mentioned, “the period taught me to get mentally tougher.”

“Even when you are down and out, you need to think positive. That’s the time where self doubts start creeping in. Obviously I was upset when I had to sit out. But now I know how to deal with it. My brother has been a big pillar of strength in my life,”


Giving It Their All: The Indian Team trains at the Kanteerava Stadium.

There will be downs in everyone’s life. And for Jhingan, the loss in the Hero ISL Final came as a big disappointment. But his philosophy changed thereafter, courtesy an interaction with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

“Understandably we were depressed and that’s when someone put an arm on my shoulder. It was Tendulkar himself. Get over it. It took me six attempts to win the World Cup,”

was what the Master Blaster stated.

“And it came from the best ever” Jhingan pronounced. “I understood that you can never quit from dreaming.”

That separates the best from the rest. The rest may quit but the best will always carry on.

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