Indian Football

Ishan Pandita credits Igor Stimac for his India performances

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ishan Pandita scored his debut goal for India in the Asian Cup qualifiers
Ishan Pandita scored his debut goal for India in the Asian Cup qualifiers / ISL

India men's national team striker, Ishan Pandita has revealed that he has to give a lot of credit to India's head coach, Igor Stimac for trusting him and giving him the opportunity to make his debut for the country.

Pandita who is known more of a "super sub", scored his first international goal for the Blue Tigers during their 4-0 thrashing of Hong Kong in the recently concluded 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers - with India creating history by securing a back-to-back qualification to the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever.

Speaking on the LFL show, the 24-year-old opened up on how the trust shown by Stimac has given him confidence while playing for the national team.

"Obviously, I have to give a lot of credit to the Igor Stimac.  Because he is the coach that gave me my national team debut last year in Dubai. Then this year, he's the one who gave me the opportunity to come on the field, and I scored my first goal. So a lot of credit goes to him," he said in an interview.

"He's helped me a lot on and off the field. And luckily enough, this time, we had a nice amount of time together. We started quite early in Bellary. Then we went to Kolkata and it was just been a great experience so far," the striker added.

Pandita who started his career in Spain, currently plays for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), with the club paying a fee understood to be in the region of ₹6million for his services.

The striker has so far scored three goals in 17 appearances for the club and will definitely look to improve on his output in the upcoming season.