The Blue Tigers had multiple opportunities to score a second goal, but failed.

India were held by Singapore in their first friendly of the Hung Thinh friendly tournament on Saturday. The Blue Tigers played some nice possession-based football, but again they lacked the final touch. Igor Stimac’s side created a lot of chances, but were wasteful and ended the match in a 1-1 draw. Here are India’s player ratings from their game against Singapore.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK) – 6.5

The towering custodian was strong in between the sticks for most of the time. He made good collections to keep the danger at bay. Gurpreet was pretty comfortable throughout the game. He could do nothing for the goal India conceded after a huge deflection. Nonetheless, he put in a desperate dive, but couldn’t keep it out of the net.

Roshan Singh – 7

The youngster was energetic on the flanks. He continuously bombed forward to pair up with Ashique and Liston. Roshan lacked the crossing accuracy he is known for. But overall he had another solid game in national colors.

Narender Gahlot – 7

Narender was given a start over Sandesh Jhingan and he looked comfortable at the back. The Odisha FC player was vocal and commanded the defence nicely with partner Anwar Ali.

Anwar Ali – 7.5

Another rock-solid performance at the back from Anwar Ali. The defence was not tested much and he made sure the defence didn’t make any mistake. Anwar made a crucial tackle in the box to keep the scores level in the first half.

Akash Mishra – 6.5

Akash was good at times, but lacked the same heat throughout the match. He participated frequently in attacks but lacked the pace and the final ball. Mishra looked indecisive quite a few times in the attack.

Jeakson Singh – 6.5

Jeakson made his presence felt in the game and won balls with ease. The midfielder used his physicality to perfection and nullified the attacks. He also covered for centre backs when they were out of position.

Anirudh Thapa – 7.5

The Chennaiyin FC captain was leading the midfield in the game. Thapa was confident on the ball and his clever positioning made it difficult to mark him. He was good with the ball distribution and impressed with his vision.

Liston Colaco – 6.5

Liston was initially played on the right flank behind Ashique Kuruniyan. He didn’t fit the role and was at unease in the first half. But the winger was back to himself in the second half and attempted an exemplary shot after beating three defenders He came agonisingly close to finding the net with that shot.

Sahal Abdul Samad – 6

The Kerala Blasters attacker was clueless in attack and failed to make any notable impression in the game. Sahal also switched to left wing but was ineffective there as well.

Ashique Kuruniyan – 8

Ashique was probably India’s best player on the pitch against Singapore. He was involved in almost every goalscoring opportunity. The attacker scored the equaliser for India with a calm and composed finishing. The only negative for the player was conceding the free-kick from which Singapore scored.

Sunil Chhetri – 6.5

The Blue Tigers’ captain looked off-colour according to the standards he has set. Sunil was not seen much in attack but eventually he was the one to set up Ashique for the equaliser.


Rahul KP – 5.5

Rahul KP replaced Ashique on the right wing and went missing after that. The winger had very few touches since coming on and failed to make any impact.

Mohammad Yasir – 6

Yasir replaced Sahal to add some much-needed creativity and feed the forwards. But winning a free-kick in a not very dangerous area was the only contribution he could make.

Harmanjot Khabra – 6

Khabra was brought in for the final minutes to replace youngster Roshan Singh. He had nothing much to do defensively and did not take much part in the attack in those few minutes.

Ishan Pandita – 6

Ishan was dangerous in the dying minutes but he did not get any chance to make the usual impact owing to the inability of attackers to feed quality balls. 

Udanta Singh – 7

Udanta brought in energy in the last minutes of the game. He won a free-kick just inches out of the box. If he managed to keep his balance he could have won a penalty.

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