Indian football has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade or so. We have seen a bunch of talent coming out. A country which is mostly known for cricket, has seen a massive growth in football especially with since the advent of Indian Super League (ISL). So let’s have a look at the schedule of the Blue Tigers in 2021.
Coach Igor Stimac has named a 28-man squad in which star striker Sunil Chhetri is back. Chettri’s return boasts well for Team India as they have failed to put up an attacking style of play in their last few matches.
Let’s have a look at the squad:
DEFENDERS: Chinglensana Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose.
MIDFIELDERS: Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Ashique Kuruniyan, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Pronoy Halder, Abdul Sahal, Suresh Singh, Lalengmawia Ralte, Yasir Mohammad, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita, Manvir Singh.
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Dheeraj Singh, Amrinder Singh.
The squad has a good blend of youth and experience. Stimac said the team will put in some intense sessions before their matches get underway.
The salary of Indian footballers has drastically increased in the last few years. In 2012, footballer was paid about Rs 40-50 lakhs per annum. This took a massive increase of 40% from the next season. Since the start of the ISL, the amount is significantly increasing. This has allowed players to take up this sport as a professional career. Players not only earn through international matches, but also they get huge amounts from the ISL franchises.