Indian Football

India Striker Manvir Singh Admits he Tries to Imitate Sunil Chhetri

Arjun Singh Devgan
Manvir Singh plays as a striker for India and ATK Mohun Bagan
Manvir Singh plays as a striker for India and ATK Mohun Bagan / -/Getty Images

India national team striker, Manvir Singh has revealed that he tries to learn from the country's talisman and skipper, Sunil Chhetri's performances on the pitch - as it is the biggest education for him.

Singh who is a part of India's current squad in Doha where they are taking part in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers also stressed the importance of flexibility and multi-tasking in today’s football.

“My job becomes easier when I play alongside top strikers. I just watch Sunil-bhai and try to imitate his calm in front of goal. At the end of the day, that ice-cool head makes all the difference. That’s education for me. In a match a striker won’t get a million chances," he said in an interview with AIFF's media team.

“There will be days when you will get just one chance, or maybe a half chance. If you are able to make it count, you have done your job. I also need to mention that I look up to Roy Krishna’s calm in front of goal. They are my heroes.

“At the outset, I was an out-and-out striker. But a player needs to be flexible. Modern-day football is not just about sticking to one position and role. I have been playing on the wings – both on the right wing and left wing in recent times. I feel that has helped me understand the dynamics of a team’s attacking philosophy. It is a plus point for any player."

The 25-year-old who has scored four goals in 19 appearances for the Blue Tigers so far is looking forward to their final qualifying game against Afghanistan, which is scheduled to take place on June 15.

He will look to get on the scoresheet in the game and end the campaign on a high, with it also likely that if India remain in third place than they will ensure qualification for the Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in China.