Indian Super League

Sunil Chhetri equals longest goalless streak in ISL

Chhetri is yet to find the target in this edition of the ISL
Chhetri is yet to find the target in this edition of the ISL / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Sunil Chhetri is yet to score a goal or provide an assist in the current edition of the Indian Super League despite playing seven games and spending 515 minutes on the field.

The Bengaluru FC captain is known for his prolific goalscoring form. He has 47 goals to his name and ranks second on the all-time top-scorer list in ISL. However, he has struggled in front of goal this season and has also missed two penalties.

BFC coach Marco Pezzaiuoli subbed off Chhetri against Kerala Blasters at the hour-mark and dropped him from the starting XI for the last game against ATK Mohun Bagan.

"It's not about Suni Chhetri. I think it was a good change for this game. It (also) depends upon players' injury, who is playing well, we have a good squad," he said when asked about the omission of his skipper.

This isn't the first time Chhetri has gone through a dry spell. Twice before he failed to score in seven consecutive games (between November 2018 and January 2019 & November 2015 and December 2015). If he plays against Jamshedpur FC and fails to score, a new personal record will be set.

In 2015, during his time in Mumbai City FC, he took 769 minutes to get his first goal, whereas in 2018-19, he took 728 minutes to break his goalless streak.

Speaking in the past about Chhetri's goal drought, Pezzaiuoli said: "He is a human being. Sometimes you don't have luck going for you. With the national team, he had a lot of luck as the ball fell to him many times and he scored five goals.

"He needs more luck inside the box. It happens when you don't work but with him he is working and it will come back. I don't think we should be talking a lot about Sunil. I don't pick one player out. We lost today as a team and that I feel is the important part."