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The 22-year old footballer aspires to be a part of the Indian Football team. He was the youngest in his club so he had to face so many insecurities. He managed every day and fought back to achieve his dream. His coach once looked in to his eyes and said “son, you have the potential to be the greatest goalkeeper and you can achieve it.” This motivated the young athlete each day to achieve his goals. Your Goals
My short -term goal right now is to become the first-choice keeper. While my long-term goal is to represent India.
Describe how your typical practice day is like
I will practice with a more motivated mind. Focusing on nothing but the game. Making sure that we always practice like we never lost.
Your success habits?
I read Bible every day so that’s my secret behind success.
One match that you are proud of
The AFC semi-finals, Clubs record, Asia's record, first time in the Indian history to have placed a spot in the finals. I was part of the 18-member squad.
Who do think is the greatest Indian athlete of all time?
The greatest Indian athlete of all-time is Sachin Tendulkar. The reason is that he has not completed his studies but he still became world famous through his sports career. He won the hearts of every Indian.
Your biggest inspiration
My mother. She has bestowed all her love and care to me more than what I deserved.
Your biggest achievements so far
I was the best goalkeeper in college tournaments. Best player of the season at college. Debut at the AFC Cup finals.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
Cristiano Ronaldo. I would sign as many autographs as possible and meet all my fans and make their day.
What is one habit that you want to break
I get too emotional at times so that needs to be changed.
What drives you to go for training every day?
The dedication and love I have for the game drives me. That cannot be compared to anything in this world. It motivates me to work harder each day with much dedication so that I can excel in my career.
Any rituals you follow
I always read the Bible and it helps me a lot. To prepare myself before the match.
Lamest excuse you have ever given to your teacher?
My dog does not let me do my homework.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It means a lot to me. It would really make my mother proud. At the same time, she would be really happy to have a son like me.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate aim is to play for India and be a part of a best club.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
I wanted to be known as the youngest goalkeeper to have achieved his dream and made his mother proud through his laurels.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I'm 22 years old and I'm the youngest at my club. I need to improve in the way I handle things. I need to work like a man & not a kid.
Your most Embarrassing moment
My first kiss. It was funny and embarrassing.
Perks of being an athlete
Being an athlete gains you reputation. You will definitely earn it.
If you could get a tattoo, what would it be?
I have a tattoo of my fans. It says never surrender and I abide by it. I have a quote that says warrior ethos.
Would you rather be the best player on a horrible team or the worst player on a great team?
A worst player on a great team. It will help me to push myself to overcome my limits and be a better player.
“Never underestimate your opponent”
Best sports movie ever
Goal part 1. It shows the struggle and how the player never gave up and followed his dreams.
What is the scariest experience you have ever had?
My very first game. I was really nervous to play and I must say I was sacred to my death.
One super power you wish you had?
I would wish to have the ability to teleport. That would be fun.
Do you hold any record?
I haven't passed out at a party yet!!
Your Favorite team and the team you hate?
My favorite team would be Manchester United and Bengaluru FC. The team I hate is Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.