He played as a defender for teams like Prayag United, and was Indian Player of the Year in 2002, and AIFF Player of the Year in 2002.
He graduated from the Tata Football Academy in 1998.
He received the Arjuan Award from the Indian government for his contribution to national sports.
His wife was present at his Arjuna Award presentation.
He and forward Sunil Chhetri have both played for the Indian national team.