Having discipline is not a strong suit for the following players who lead the rankings for most cautions.
The Indian Super League has been a very competitive league from the very first season. The teams are evenly matched and the gameplay can get physical on occasions. As a result of the competitiveness and tackles being thrown everywhere, there are bound to be fouls and yellow cards.
Over the past seven editions of the ISL, some players have collected a lot of yellow cards. These players do not hold back while going into tackles and come away by taking the man down instead of getting the ball. The referees in the ISL have been trigger-happy in the past while handing out yellow cards as well.
Having said that, here is a look at the top-10 players who have the most yellow cards to their name in the history of the competition:
10. Rowllin Borges – 17
Rowllin Borges is one of India’s finest holding midfielders in the ISL and has played in the competition for Mumbai City FC and NorthEast United. The defensive midfielder does mistime his tackles on a few occasions. He has 17 yellow cards in 83 overall appearances in the ISL.
9. Erik Paartalu – 17
Erik Paartalu is an important part of Bengaluru FC’s midfield. The defensive midfielder from Australia provides cover to the backline and loves to put in a tackle to snatch the ball. He has also received 17 yellow card in his ISL career in 67 games for the Blues.
8. Mandar Rao Dessai – 19
Mandar Rao Dessai is one of the few players who have played more than a century of games in the ISL. He has featured for teams like FC Goa and Mumbai City FC. The full-back is quick and is often seen contesting duels and putting in tackles. He has over 19 yellow cards in 114 games in the competition.
7. Sandesh Jhingan – 19
Sandesh Jhingan is one of the few players on this list who has been a part of the ISL since the first edition. The centre-back has played for Kerala Blasters and ATK Mohun Bagan in the league. He is a strong tackler and has been cautioned 19 times in 98 games in past seasons.
6. Edu Bedia – 19
FC Goa’s skipper and longtime servant Edu Bedia is next up on the list. The defensive midfielder has played 71 games in the division since his arrival back in 2017. He is a relentless worker in the heart of midfield and constantly tries to intercept passes and initiate transitions. He can often get his tackles wrong too and has 19 yellow cards in 71 games.
5. Marcelinho – 20
Marcelinho took the league by storm in his debut season in the ISL for Delhi Dynamos by finishing as the top scorer. However, he also has a knack of picking up cautions. The former Odisha FC player has collected 20 yellow cards in 79 appearances and may return to a new ISL team to collect even more.
4. Pronay Halder – 20
Pronay Halder is infamous for putting in crunching tackles which often miss the target. As a result, he takes down the opposing player and gets cautioned for his recklessness. The ATK and ATK Mohun Bagan player has received 20 yellow cards in 64 games and will most likely add to his collection in the future.
3. Ahmed Jahouh – 21
Former FC Goa and current Mumbai City FC player Ahmed Jahouh is the third player to receive the most number of yellow cards. He has collected 21 of them in the 76 times he has taken to the field. His companionship with the referee’s book is a strong one.
2. Sehnaj Singh – 25
Sehnaj Singh is second on the list, who has received 25 yellow cards in 64 appearances in the ISL. The midfielder has played for teams like Delhi Dynamos, Mumbai City FC and ATK in the past. He was playing for SC East Bengal last term.
1. Harmanjot Khabra – 29
Harmanjot Khabra is the leader in terms of receiving the most number of yellow cards in the ISL. The defender has recently signed for Kerala Blasters in a high-anticipated move, after featuring extensively for Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC. He is a two-time ISL winner but has also got 29 cautions in 102 games.