Dheeraj, Boris, Jeakson: 6 Bright Prospects From India’s U-17 Team
Here’s a look at the six Indian players from the FIFA U-17 World Cup team that are bright prospects for the future.
India’s journey at the FIFA U-17 World Cup came to an end after facing their toughest loss of the tournament in New Delhi on Thursday. After giving a hard fight to Colombia, the Indian team couldn’t sustain their performance in their last group match against the two-time champions Ghana.
India lost all three of their matches in the tournament, but through a few moments they made the Indian fans believe that they have the skill set to become better players in the future.
Players such as goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh and defender Boris Singh among others played with all their heart to stay toe-to-toe with some of the best in the world in the U-17 category.
Here’s a look at the six Indian players that are the bright prospects for the future.
1. Dheeraj Singh
Dheeraj Singh was the biggest star of the Indian team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. India lost 0-3 to USA, 1-2 to Colombia and 0-4 to Ghana, but the men in blue could have lost by much bigger margins, had it not been for the goalkeeper.
Dheeraj dived to all sides of the goal to effect some fantastic saves. Particularly in the match against USA, Dheeraj jumped and punched the ball away whenever the American players got ready to head the ball in the goal, while a corner kick was made.
2. Boris Singh
Boris Singh may have been named as a defender in the team sheet at the start of the match, but Boris was found everywhere once the match began. He would take care of the defense in the left flank, and also move the ball upwards to feed it to the midfielders and strikers.
In the match against Colombia, he played out a one-two strategy with Abhijit Sarkar, whose shot was eventually saved by the Colombian goalkeeper.
In India’s third match against Ghana, the team started making their in-roads through the right flank, to avoid running into Boris.
3. Anwar Ali
Anwar Ali was like a rock in the defense line for the Indian team. Especially, during the matches against USA and Colombia, Ali ensured that most of the runs made by the opponent was saved.
In the match against USA, Ali came close to scoring a goal as well, when he hit the cross bar after receiving a pass from Komal Thatal.
However, Anwar Ali was the one, who was out of position, when Colombia’s Juan Penaloza netted the winner. Ali failed to keep his composure after India scored their first-ever FIFA World Cup goal.
4. Rahul KP
Rahul KP was India’s one of the most verstatlie players in the tournament. When Boris couldn’t play the first match because he was serving a one-match ban, it was the midfielder Rahul KP, who moved to defense to cover for Boris.
As a defender, he ensured that Timothy Weah (recently signed with the PSG club), doesn’t cause too many problems.
And when he was back to the midfield in the second match, he almost scored a goal. During the stoppage period of the first half, Boris gave a brilliant ball to Rahul, who struck a shot on the bounce.
Unfortunately, the ball hit the bar.
5. Jeakson Singh
Jeakson Singh etched his name in history when he netted India’s first-ever FIFA World Cup goal in the match against Colombia.
Surprisingly, Jeakson was left out of the team for the first match against USA, but once he was on the field for the second match, he didn’t fail to dazzle.
The midfielder gelled well with captain Amarjit Singh and Rahul KP throughout the match against Colombia, before heading the ball into the goal off a corner.
6. Sanjeev Stalin
Sanjeev Stalin, too, would like to believe that he made history, as he was the one who assisted Jeakson in the match against Colombia. Stalin produced a perfect corner kick for Jeakson to jump and head the ball in the goal.
Stalin was called the dead-ball specialist for India before the start of the tournament and he showed why he is brilliant with dead balls. He took most of the free-kicks and corners during the tournament.
And for India to score off a corner is a brilliant skill to have in itself.
However, Stalin has to improve his defensive skills. Colombia’s Juan Penaloza scored their first goal against India because of Stalin’s bad marking on the left flank.
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