Left out of India’s U-17 World Cup squad, Delhi teenager Shubham wants to show his talent with Dynamos

first_imgOn July 2017, Delhi forward Shubham Sarangi was the face of India’s under-17 squad preparing for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October. Sitting alongside midfielder Rahul KP and coach Luis Norton de Matos, the 17-year-old addressed the media here with panache, boasting about his experience in foreign tours and India’s chances in the mega event.A month later, Shubham was left out of the final squad that went on to create history as the first national team to play a FIFA World Cup. Leaving ghosts of that hurtful time, Shubham has begun second inningsof his career with Delhi Dynamos, plying his trade in the Indian Super League.Dynamos announced Shubham’s signing last week after a two-month trial with the club’s academy.”It was a setback in my life as I expected to be selected. Ever since, I didn’t try to look back. I trained for a month on my own before Delhi Dynamos asked me to join the academy for a trial. Now, I am happy to be a part of this big club and I want to make an impact in the ISL,” Shubham told Mail Today on the eve of Dynamos’ home encounter with Kerala Blasters.Dynamos, as Shubham said, is a perfect platform for him to prove his worth, something that was overlooked a few months ago. “Well, of course I have a point to prove. I am seeing my former teammates playing for Indian Arrows and I am happy for them. They have been doing well but I think about the opportunity I have. It’s obviously a huge thing to play in the ISL, though I understand it will be tough for me to find a place in the first XI. I think I’ll learn a lot in next three months,” said Shubham, who was an unused substitute in team’s 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC.advertisementCompeting with the likes of Lallianzuala Chhangte and Jeroen Lumu on the flanks, Shubham might have to sit his chance for a while but the Delhi lad said he would welcome any chance that comes his way.”Yes, of course, it’s a challenge for me. There are really good players playing in the same position as me and I am aware that it won’t be easy. I think whatever chance I get, I need cash in on it and make sure I help the team whichever way possible,” he suggested.Shubham also draws confidence from being the only player from Delhi in the Dynamos side, news that was well received by his family and friends.”I am proud for the fact that I am playing for Delhi. My parents were very happy when I signed for the club, more so because I am just 17 and going to play for one of the big clubs in India. This gives me anextra dose of confidence to perform well for the team,” he said.Impressed by coach Miguel Angel Portugal’s policy to hand youngsters a chance to showcase their talent, Shubham is eager to don the Lions’ jersey and lift the momentum in an otherwise lowly season for the Capital side.last_img


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