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Balwant awaiting India debut

Balwant Singh: 'I will try to improve further'

Balwant awaiting India debut

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The striker, who has been in phenomenal form of late, speaks about his ambitions in an exclusive interview with Goal.

Balwant Singh has been selected in the Indian national team squad for the first time for the upcoming friendly against Bangladesh to be played on March 5th and remarked that the call-up fulfilled a life-long dream for him.

"From the day I started in JCT, it was my dream to don the Indian colours. Last year, I had a bad patch, so I started working hard from the first day of this season and I will try to improve further," the stirker told Goal after his first practice session under the tutelage of Wim Koevermans.

The second highest Indian scorer in the current edition of the I-League however, will face tough competition from the Bengaluru FC duo of Robin Singh and Sunil Chhetri but he accepts it as a learning opportunity.

"The competition with Sunil and Robin is very healthy. It’s good for me to learn. After all, it’s upon the coach whom he will choose, but given a chance, I will try to execute the plans," he said, sounding confident ahead of the clash.

The Churchill Brothers forward has already scored 8 goals in this I-League campaign and is one of the contenders to be the top scorer of the competition. The former JCT man however, revels in the opportunity of playing as a striking partner to Anthony Wolfe, a former world-cupper from Jamaica.

"It’s great to play alongside Anthony Wolfe. He often comes to me to point out my mistakes which help me a lot. Also, the coaches at Churchill have done some fine tuning by giving me good tips," he informed.

Balwant joins his team-mates Lenny Rodruigues and Denzil Franco in the national camp and conceded that playing for the Red Machines has immensely helped him in his bid to don the Blue jersey.

"The credit goes first to my family for giving me so much support and to Bhowmick sir and Mariano sir for giving me the opportunities," he signed off.