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Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick makes him top goal scorer in ISL

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• With six strikes from four games, Chhetri has shot his way to joint-top spot in the goalscorers' list.

• His efforts helped Mumbai rise from the bottom of the ISL standings to a top-4 spot with three wins on the trot.

• A tactical switch in his position has led to Chhetri's goal-scoring spree.

MUMBAI: The rate at which he's finding the back of the net in the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), Mumbai City FC striker Sunil Chhetri appears to be making up for lost time having had to watch the inaugural season as a mere spectator. With six strikes from four games, including a hat-trick in Mumbai's last fixture against NorthEast United, making him the first Indian to achieve the feat in the ISL, Chhetri has shot his way to joint-top spot in the goalscorers' list.

His efforts helped Mumbai rise from the bottom of the ISL standings to a top-4 spot with three wins on the trot. And that is what matters more to the Indian national team captain visa-vis his personal feat.

"Without wanting to sound cliched, it doesn't matter about the goals. I'm so happy that we've got three wins," Chhetri told TOI during a visit to a local Puma store on Friday.

"If I had scored a hat-trick and we'd lost 5-3, we'd have been in deep trouble. Things weren't great after the first three games, so it was very important for us to get wins. I'm happy that I got the goals but I'm more happy that we won those matches."

So the obvious question is what has sparked this emphatic turnaround?

"Just the fact that we understood that we were underperforming," replied Chhetri. "Say if you are not a very fancy team, don't have the firepower, you're giving everything and still losing, then fine. But if you do have the signings, the players, and still under-performing, then that's a worry. We weren't doing justice to our talent. Thankfully we have put that right," he added.

It's no coincidence that, in the 31-year-old's case, a tactical switch in his position from playing in a wide role in his first outing against Chennaiyin FC to occupying the hole between midfield and attack has led to Chhetri's goal-scoring spree.

"All my life really, I have played either as a No. 9 or 10. It's just for Bengaluru (his I-League club) that I have played as a winger. But here, because the (DY Patil) ground is big and I was really wide, I didn't get the ball at all against Chennai and I got frustrated. I was chasing the ball like a headless chicken. Then both Nico (Anelka) and Oscar (assistant coach) came to me and said 'where do you want to play?' I said, 'I'm fine with playing anywhere but I wasn't getting enough balls'. They put me in the number 10 position and thankfully it has worked," said Chhetri.

Perhaps an ominous sign for Mumbai's opponents is the fact that marquee player-manager Nicolas Anelka has barely featured in their six games so far due to a groin issue. Chhetri certainly sounded encouraged by that fact. "We have scored 10 goals and Anelka hasn't even started yet," he said, adding: "I just can't wait to have him in the 11 soon. He's in the last part of his rehab, so hopefully you'll see him soon."

Via TOI

Sunil Chhetri Highest paid Indian footballer in ISL (Indian Super League)

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Sunil Chhetri, not surprisingly, is on top of the charts with a base price of Rs 80 lakh and looks to be the best-paid Indian footballer after being guaranteed Rs 1.55 crore for the second edition of ISL (Indian Super League). Even if Chhetri fetches only his base price at the auction, the India striker will pick up what he has signed up for, with Bengaluru FC agreeing to pay him an additional Rs 75 lakh as his loan fee.
Sunil Chhetri Highest paid player of Indian Super League
Sunil Chhetri Highest paid player of Indian Super League
The player auction for the second edition of the Indian Super League will be held on July 10 in  in Mumbai.The Indian Super League (ISL) has finalized the ten players that will be up for grabs at the first ever auction of Indian footballers.

Players for ISL auction with their base prices 

Sunil Chhetri (Rs 80 lakh), Karanjit Singh (Rs 60 lakh), Robin Singh (Rs 40 lakh), Izumi Arata (Rs 40 lakh), Anas Edethodika (Rs 40 lakh), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Rs 27.50 lakh), Thoi Singh (Rs 39 lakh), Jackichand Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Setyasen Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Rino Anto (Rs 17.50 lakh)


Gorkhali footballer Israil Gurung from Kalimpong Hills in ISL

10:36 PM
Indian Gorkha footballer  Israil Gurung from Kalimpong Hills in ISL playing for FC Pune City his position in the team is of a Midfielder/Striker.

Gorkhali Israil Gurung from Kalimpong Hills in ISL
Gorkhali Israil Gurung from Kalimpong Hills in ISL
Name:  Israil Gurung
Date of birth: 2 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: India (Kalimpong)
HEIGHT (CM)172
Playing position: Striker
Current team: Mohammedan
ISL Team: FC Pune City
Nationality: Indian

Biography
The diminutive Israil Gurung learnt the ropes in the loping hills of Kalimpong and Shillong before he was picked by the Sports Authority of India for further training. The teenager however moved to Delhi for his first professional stint with Hindustan FC where he blossomed under the encouraging care of Bernard Oparanozie who then sent him to Clifford Chukwuma at Sporting Clube de Goa. Gurung instead found a new home at the Sesa Football Academy who play in the second division. It was an important learning curve in Gurung’s career and Churchill Brothers soon came calling for the utility player who can play along both wings or in an attacking midfield role. He has gained a reputation as a super sub who can come in and make decisive interventions or score critical goals and has been part of the successful run of the Varca-based club.

Career Highlights

  • Stint with Hindustan FC was the launch pad for a successful career.
  • Winner, I-League (2012-13), with Churchill Brothers, Durand Cup (2013) and IFA Shield (2014) with Mohammedan Sporting.
  • Scored vital goals when it mattered for Churchill Brothers.



 
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