FIFA U-17 World Cup Indian team stars: 10 things to know about top striker Aniket Jadhav
India begin their campaign in the FIFA U-17 World Cup against the United States of America on the 6th of October. All eyes will be on those 11 teenagers on the field who, irrespective of the result, will create history. One player in particular who will have a lot of focus on him is the team's first choice striker, Aniket Jadhav. With Jadhav being India's most prominent hope for getting goals, the pressure and the expectations will be high on the 17-year-old.
When asked about the pressure of leading the line for the country in its first major competition, Jadhav confidently replied, "No. There is no extra pressure on me as a striker. I love playing as the striker and I am happy to lead the line for India."
Jadhav has been a mainstay in this Indian team and in this segment, we will look at the 10 things that need to be known about India's no.9 - Aniket Anil Jadhav:
#1 Aniket Jadhav was born in Kolhapur, a city in the state of Maharashtra.
#2 Jadhav was born on July 13, 2000, and shares his birthday with his Indian U-17 teammate, Khumantem Meetei.
#3 His favourite player is Neymar Jr, the world's most expensive player. Jadhav loves the Brazilian's dribbling abilities and also is a fan of his showboating skills.
#4 Aniket's favourite Indian footballer is Kerala Blasters' hitman, CK Vineeth.
#5 Aniket follows ISL intensively and is a big fan of the Maharashtra-based side, FC Pune City.
#6 His favourite international club is FC Barcelona.
#7 Along with football, Aniket loves to play table tennis and is said to be pretty good at it.
#8 Jadhav's favourite cuisine is the homemade food made by his mother.
#9 Aniket Jadhav's favourite movie is "Sachin - A Billion Dreams".
#10 His favourite song is'On the floor' which is sung by Jennifer Lopez and also features Pitbull.
If India are hoping of springing up a few surprises in the World Cup then Aniket Jadhav needs to fire on all cylinders. Jadhav and Komal Thatal are the creative outlets of the team and Luis Norton De Matos needs his striker to deliver the goods for him.
Stay tuned to this series for more about the Indian team stars who will make the nation proud at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will start on 6th October and the official broadcasters for the event in India are SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 3