The next generation trophy will help us improve ourselves: Sharon Badatell from Bengaluru FC
NEW DELHI, May 19 (IANZ) Goalkeeper Sharon Badatel, who is showing his value while practicing his craft with Bengaluru youth team in the Premier League’s Next Generation Trophy, feels the tournament will help them gain more experience and improve themselves. .
Padattil established himself as one of the important players in BFC’s youth build in the past two seasons, helping the club win the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) in back-to-back editions.
Born in Kerala, Padateel started his youth career at Sports Authority of India (SAI), in Thiruvananthapuram. Signed for Bengaluru FC in 2019, he joined the youth team and went on to make a name for himself.
The young goalkeeper was part of Bengaluru FC’s first team for two seasons in the Indian Premier League from 2021-23. During this time, Badatel also won the first major trophy of his professional career when the Blues lifted the 2022 Durand Cup.
The youngster spoke to indiansuperleague.com in an exclusive interaction about the Next Generation Premier League Trophy, his experience coaching with Bengaluru senior football team, learning from India international Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, and more.
“This tournament (PL Next Gen Cup) is a good opportunity for us and we will gain more experience. We are playing against some good clubs abroad. We are getting good game time and facing match situations that will help us improve ourselves,” Badatel told indiansuperleague.com. .
The goalkeeper also spoke about his experience training with the Bengaluru senior team.
“It was a good training experience with the senior players and coaches. They encouraged me and I learned many things from the senior players when I was part of the first team.
Asked about his learning from India international Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Badateel said he will try to implement his lesson in matches.
“Gurpreet Bhai is India’s number one goalkeeper. I learned something from him in every training session. Everything I learn I try to implement in matches. It’s good because I’m training with a top level goalkeeper, so I’m very happy.”
Bengaluru FC put in a good showing in the recent edition of the PL Next Gen Cup in England, however, the 23-year-old is currently focusing on the ongoing tournament.
“We are focused on this tournament. We work hard and give 100 per cent. We try to control the matches and keep the fighting spirit. Badatel said.