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Top 5 Indian players with most appearances in ISL final's history

Published at :May 5, 2024 at 2:36 PM
Modified at :May 5, 2024 at 2:36 PM
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Bishal Deb

These players have mixed bag of results in the ISL finals.

Since the Indian Super League‘s (ISL) inception in 2014, its finals have been the epitome of football drama and excitement, showcasing the essence of ISL at its finest. Amidst the fervour, many legendary players have left an indelible mark, elevating the league to greater heights with each passing season.

Let’s delve into the electrifying journey of these Indian players who have the most appearances in the ISL finals.

5. Vishal Kaith (3 appearances)

Vishal Kaith‘s first ISL final outing ended in a 1-3 loss to ATK when he played for Chennaiyin FC in the 2019-20 season. Joining Mohun Bagan, he played a pivotal role in their 2022-23 final triumph on penalties. However, his 2023-24 final outing saw a defeat against Mumbai City by a 1-3 margin on 4 May.

4. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (3 appearances)

Gurpreet debuted in an ISL final in the 2017-18 season, suffering a narrow defeat to Chennaiyin FC with Bengaluru FC. The following season, the Blues emerged victorious against the same opponent. However, in his third ISL final in the 2022-23 season, Bengaluru FC lost to Mohun Bagan in penalties.

3. Manvir Singh (4 appearances)

Manvir Singh marked his debut in an ISL final during the 2018-19 season for FC Goa against Bengaluru FC, marking the start of his finals journey. His second appearance came in the 2020-21 season for Mohun Bagan against Mumbai City FC, which ended in a 1-2 loss. In the 2022-23 final, he played a crucial role in Mohun Bagan’s title win on penalties. However, in the 2023-24 season, they suffered a 1-3 defeat against Mumbai City, which was Manvir’s fourth final appearance.

2. Sandesh Jhingan (4 appearances)

Sandesh Jhingan‘s ISL final saga began in the inaugural season (when he was playing for Kerala Blasters), ending in a defeat to Atletico de Kolkata. In his second ISL final appearance in 2016, despite another loss against the same opponent, he showcased resilience. Yet again, luck was not on his side in the 2020-21 final when he donned Mohun Bagan’s jersey against Mumbai City. In 2022-23, he lost in the final to Mohun Bagan while playing for Bengaluru FC.

1. Pritam Kotal (4 appearances)

Pritam Kotal‘s ISL finals journey began in 2016, when he helped ATK in securing victory against Kerala Blasters in penalties. In the 2019-20 season, he again played a crucial role as ATK triumphed over Chennaiyin FC in the final. Despite efforts in the 2020-21 final against Mumbai City, they fell short by a 1-2 margin. However, in the 2022-23 final, his fourth, Mohun Bagan emerged victorious over Bengaluru FC, adding another achievement to Kotal’s career.

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