India international defender Sandesh Jhingan has said that the national team's goalless draw against Qatar in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers was the most memorable match in his international career so far.
Qatar were the clear favourites to win the game, which took place last year, but India managed to held the Asian giants to a goalless draw. "The most memorable match has to be the match against Qatar because it was a World Cup qualifying game and it was against the Asian champions," Jhingan revealed during an online chat with Ranjit Bajaj [via Goal].
India had also held China to a goalless draw in an international friendly earlier, and Jhingan explained why he feels the result against Qatar was of greater importance. He said, "I am not saying that China were not a big team but Qatar being Asian champions and we going to their turf and getting a draw was amazing. The best thing about the match was five days before that we had a very good game against Oman. We were leading until the 75th minute then we conceded to late goals. I take the full blame. We should have won that game. It happened just five days before the Qatar game."
"After reaching Qatar, coach Igor (Stimac) told us that he was proud of us and that made us motivated and then we showed our real character. We were extraordinary. It was a joy to play that game," the former Kerala Blasters defender added.