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Sachin-paaji's positivity cheered us after ISL final loss: Sandesh Jhingan

Sachin-paaji's positivity cheered us after ISL final loss: Sandesh Jhingan

New Delhi, May 31 (UNI) India defender Sandesh Jhingan recalls how his team were heartbroken after losing the finals to ATK during the first edition of the ISL at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, and it was batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's positivity which cheered up the atmosphere.

Jhingan after representing Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters for six years parted recently when the league took its first shape in 2014.

"More I say it feels less for him. 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."

“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, a myth. Kudos to you, Sachin-paaji!" Jhingan said during a chat AIFF TV streamed on the official Facebook handle of the Indian Football Team.

Jhingan took a walk down memory lane to state: “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.”

"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," he said.


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