Indian Super League

ISL: Kerala Blasters bring Sandesh Jhingan's number 21 jersey out of retirement for upcoming season

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sandesh Jhingan is considered to be the best Indian centre-back
Sandesh Jhingan is considered to be the best Indian centre-back / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Indian Super League (ISL) side, Kerala Blasters FC recently announced that they have now brought their No. 21 jersey out of retirement, which comes just under two years when they had decided to retire the number in honour of their then departing club skipper, Sandesh Jhingan.

Bijoy Varghese who recently extended his deal with Kerala Blasters till 2025 will now don the No. 21 on his back for the upcoming Indian Super League season. This is a big decision considering that Jhingan is arguably the best Indian player to represent the South Indian side in the competition's history.

Jhingan who helped the club reach two ISL finals during his time with them, left them in 2020 in order to pursue a career abroad with the club management deciding to "permanently" retire his jersey number in order to honour his contributions to the club.

The 28-year-old however returned back to the ISL fold last season after his stint with Croatian side, HNK Sibenik did not work out as planned. He courted controversy in February 2022 for his sexist remarks following a 2-2 draw against Blasters, which led to the club supporters to demand for the number 21 jersey to be brought back.

Blasters for their part will be hoping that Varghese will be able to replicate the performances of the former holder of the number 21 jersey and if he does that, then there is no reason why he cannot become a club legend.