The likes of Lallianzuala Chhangte and Sarthak Golui also produced terrific performances for their respective sides.
With the mid-season break of the Indian Super League (ISL) closing in, all the teams are looking to give a late charge towards getting as many wins as possible towards the end. While Bengaluru FC look to be taking an unassailable lead at the top, the playoffs race is still tight due to some surprising results in the last gameweek.
There were some especially impressive performances from the domestic players, who are looking to impress before the AFC Asian Cup. Here’s our ISL Team of the Week for GW 11:
Farukh will lead the line, with Adil Khan playing the defensive midfielder role
Goalkeeper: Kamaljit Singh (FC Pune City)
Kamaljit had a week to remember for the Stallions, playing a crucial role in both their wins. The shot-stopper was as alert as ever against Kerala Blasters, making four crucial saves and six clearances to pile on their frustration. He turned up his performance-level against the more dangerous FC Goa, making some sensational stops to deny Ferran Corominas and Co. Kamaljit earned his two clean-sheets this week and proved himself to be India’s rising goalkeeper.
Right-Back: Reagan Singh (NorthEast United)
The NorthEast right-back looked sharp against ATK, doing well to neutralize their threat through the wings. He kept both Jayesh Rane and Hitesh Sharma quiet on the wings, preventing them from creating chances. Singh looked confident with his challenges, making five tackles and nine clearances, along with seven blocks to prove how impactful he was. Played a big role in earning a point for his side and attaining another clean-sheet.
Centre-Back: Joyner Lourenco (Mumbai City)
Despite having the intimidating task of containing the league’s most potent attack, Joyner Lourenco seemed unfazed by Bengaluru’s threat. He led by example at the back, thwarting almost all their attacks and keeping the Blues relatively quiet. Laurenco nullified Chencho Gyeltshen’s threat and also didn’t allow Sunil Chhetri and Co. to have many sniffs at goal. He made five tackles, eight clearances as well as three interceptions to shine through for his side.
Centre-Back: Sarthak Golui (FC Pune City)
Playing in a different position as right centre-back, Sarthak seemed to ravish his newfound role. He gave a solid performance against Kerala Blasters, making an amazing 12 clearances as well as four blocks and three interceptions. Golui tightened things up against Goa, making 10 clearances and six blocks to keep the fast-paced Gaurs quiet. He partnered Matt Mills really well and prevented many attacks from taking shape, while also improving his Asian Cup chances with two clean-sheets.
Left-Back: Ricky Lallawmawma (ATK)
Ricky has been keeping things tidy at his end
Turning into Mr. Dependable with each passing week, Ricky Lallawmawma gave another compelling performance against NorthEast United. He kept things tidy at his end, preventing the Highlanders from creating chances through his wing and keeping Redeem Tlang quiet throughout. The left-back made five tackles, six clearances and a few crucial blocks to nullify NorthEast’s persistent attacks and keep ATK from conceding.
Right Central Midfield: Rowllin Borges (NorthEast United)
Rowllin continued to boost his AFC Asian Cup chances with another solid showing for the Highlanders against ATK, helping them maintain dominance in the middle. Borges’ distribution was superb and he used his energetic ability to hunt down some ATK attacks. He had a passing accuracy of 86% from 60+ passes, while also making a few important challenges and interceptions to win back possession, keeping things flowing well in midfield.
- Indian players need to play every match in the AFC Asian Cup with all their heart– Prasanta Banerjee
Center-Midfield: Adil Khan (FC Pune City)
Adil played a huge part in attaining a crucial win over Kerala
Adil blossomed in a more accustomed role of defensive-midfielder in the Stallions new system, giving some memorable performances. He played a huge part in attaining a crucial win over Kerala, as he hunted down their attacks, making 10 tackles and three clearances to neutralize their midfield. He put forward another monstrous showing against Goa, making 14 tackles, eight clearances and four blocks. Adil was influential in stopping attacks and bullying midfielders, qualities that made him famous last season.
Left Central Midfield: Sahal Abdul Samad (Kerala Blasters)
Rejuvenated by the national call-up, Samad looked confident in trying to make a statement against FC Pune City. He was lively in midfield for the Blasters, always trying to make things happen with his creativity. Samad created a few chances with his intricate passing, while also taking a few swipes at goal. One of his shots was saved well by Kamaljit and despite being on the losing side, the young midfielder’s bright performance vindicated his selection.
Right Winger: Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC)
Udanta put in a brilliant display against Mumbai City
Udanta’s bright run of form is really benefitting Bengaluru and he continued his good work against Mumbai City. The right winger put on another prolific performance against the Islanders, troubling them with his movement and pace. He popped into the box by surprise in the first half and scored a rare header to give his side the lead against his former employers. Udanta continued to be a thorn in their side with his urgency, proving how hungry he’s with the Asian Cup approaching.
Striker: Farukh Choudhary (Jamshedpur FC)
Farukh looked raring to make an impact against Delhi Dynamos and operating from the right wing, he used his pace and intelligence to trouble his opponents. Farukh went past Narayan Das on the left a couple of times, with some of his crosses almost resulting in goals. He was rewarded for his persistence after scoring a scintillating volley to give his side the decisive winner, proving how good he is inside the final third.
Left Winger: Lallianzuala Chhangte (Delhi Dynamos)
The blooming winger definitely upped his AFC Asian Cup chances with a superb performances, terrorizing the Men of Steel with his movement and work on the ball. Chhangte scored a stellar goal by receiving the ball on his chest and sublimely slotting it into the net. He went close to scoring on other occasions as well and was unlucky not to get another after such a brilliant showing.