Indian football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu feels that his memorable goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in September 2019 is not his best match till date. According to him, he had his best performance in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Iran at the spectated Azadi Stadium in Tehran and in a match against China.
Gurpreet told the All India Football Federation, “Every person I talk to always reminds me about the Qatar match. If you ask me, this is not my best performance so far. I think we got a good result in the Qatar match and it will always be a highlight. I will always pick two other matches ahead of my performance against Qatar. The World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifier match against Iran in 2016 at the packed Azadi Stadium in Tehran will always be on the top of my list.”
The country’s top goalkeeper said, “Yes we lost the match 0-4 but I think there was a lot more pressure in Tehran than in Doha. The match against China in China also tops my list. For this, I needed my best performance. I showed my strong mentality like all other players.”
Gurpreet is included in the Indian team that reached Doha for the upcoming World Cup-2022 and Asian Cup-2023 qualifier matches. The Indian football team has been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup race but remains in the competition to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup to be played in China. India has to play their first match against Qatar on June 3 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha. After this, the country will face Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15.
Gurpreet, who captained the Indian team in the last match of the World Cup qualifiers against Qatar, said, “We had to make the conditions difficult for them.” They won the AFC Asian Cup that year and were in top form after playing in Copa America.