The Indian Football players have shown an outstanding performance on the pitch in recent times. Not just the strikers who score goals but the defenders as well are combining well to help keep a clean sheet in the matches.
The midfield has been exceptionally dynamic, changing the focus of attack subtly as and when required. Cumulatively, There has been a strong performance in the Intercontinental cup – 2018 and will give the team a major boost in their preparations for the AFC Cup, set to be held next year in Doha.
Here are 5 current Indian Football Players who are giving their best:
1. Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri plays for Indian club Bengaluru FC in the Indian Soccer League. In 2002, Chhetri began his professional career at Mohun Bagan. He took a transition and then proceeded to JCT football club where he scored 21 goals in 48 games. In 2010, he was signed by a Major Soccer League named the Kansas City Wizards. Soon, he became the third player from the Asian subcontinent to travel abroad and play for the sport. Soon he was back in India’s I-League where he played for Mohun Bagan and Chirag United before going back overseas where he came from.
He had a big role to make India win the 2007 Nehru Cup, 2009 Nehru Cup, the 2012 Nehru Cup as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship. He was known as one of India’s best player during the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in which India won the tournament.
He took India forward in scoring during their momentary campaign at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with two goals. Chhetri has also been named AIFF Player of the Year four times in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
2. Jeje Lalpekhlua
Jeje Lalpekhlua is an Indian professional footballer who plays for Chennaiyin. In 2015, he won the I-league with Mohun Bagan and the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin and was subsequently named the FPAI Football Player of the Year
He won the 2016 AIFF Player of the Year also said that he has learned a lot from the ups and downs in his life since his international debut against Chinese Taipei in 2011.
“It has been a long journey for me since 2011. I have learned so many things. I was going through a rough phase after the knee injury. I was struggling and was hardly getting an opportunity to prove myself,” Lalpekhlua said.
“As a striker, you need to grab the opportunity and also need the backing of your coach. That helps you to improve as a player and gives you confidence.”
He is a defending player and plays for the Kerala Blasters of the Indian Super League and the India football team. In Intercontinental cup 2018, Jhingan enjoyed a marvelous game against Kenya as well and was presented with the hero of the match award. He was confident enough that Kenyan forwards had no place to breathe and that could happen because of his expert defending skills.
4. Pronay Halder
“Physically strong, a good passer and technically gifted,” is what his coach at Mumbai City FC, Alexandre Guimaraes described him as and well, Pronay Halder is truly a power-house of talent given his versatility to operate in the capacity of a midfielder.
On 16 January 2016, Halder made his debut for Mohun Bagan against Salgaocar which Bagan won 4-2. Halder has made total 10 appearances in I-League season and bagged two Man of the Match awards. He was the first choice defensive midfielder in Bagan but due to a knee injury it kept him aside for 2 weeks
On 8 January 2017, Halder played against Churchill Brothers in the first game of the season. He has been a part in AFC Cup for Bagan in most of the group stage matches. He was signed for Mumbai City FC for 2016 ISL season. On 23 July 2017, Halder got picked by FC Goa in ISL Draft for the 2017-18 season
5. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Gurpreet is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Indian club Bengaluru FC. Sandhu was named the captain of the India national team for the friendly match against Puerto Rico, a match India won 4–1.
“People had that perception that I was earning more playing for the Norway club. But it wasn’t the case. I am earning more playing Indian Super League,” he told PTI during an interaction.
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