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Asian Cup 2019: Top 5 Hits for India Despite Team's Unceremonious Exit

  • India may have crashed out early but performances of some of the Indian players need to be commended.
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Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 19 Jan 2019, 12:24 IST

#1 Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri scored a brace against Thailand
Sunil Chhetri scored a brace against Thailand

The top performer is the talismanic, de facto leader of the Blue Tigers, Sunil Chhetri.

The leadership qualities he brings in the field is highly commendable. He doesn’t just improve his own game but the entire performance of the team.

When everyone was busy whacking away of the ball against Bahrain, ‘Captain Fantastic’ kept his cool, held onto the ball and passed to his teammates. He chased every ball on the opponent’s half, encouraged others to do it and even helped his team in defence.


A cartoon published in a UAE newspaper after Chhetri had surpassed Messi
A cartoon published in a UAE newspaper after Chhetri had surpassed Messi's goals' tally

A UAE newspaper dedicated a front-page cartoon to Chhetri after he surpassed Lionel Messi’s goal tally of 65 in the international circuit.

This shows the respect he has gained from the whole world. Also, Chhetri’s second goal in India’s 4-1 win against Thailand has been nominated as one of the 10 best goals in the group stage of the Asian Cup.

Matches Played - 3

Goals - 2

Assists - 0

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Notable mentions: Gurpreet Sing Sandhu, Ashique Kuruniyan


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Published 19 Jan 2019, 12:24 IST
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