20 players have made their international debuts under coach Igor Stimac over the past two years …
India set for the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers after finishing third in their group in the second round of the joint 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers .
Igor Stimac’s team will now have to wait for the FIFA rankings update to be unveiled on June 18, 2021, on the basis of which they will determine whether they have a chance of a draw in Pot 1 of the third qualifying round for the Asian Cup 2023. The draw will take place on June 24.
It was a mixed experience for the Blue Tigers who have scored six goals in eight games but only conceded seven times during the campaign. Against higher-ranked Oman and Qatar, Stimac’s side conceded just four goals and also managed to keep reigning Asian champions Qatar in a goalless draw in the first leg in Doha.
The Igor Stimac era in Indian football saw the international debut of as many as 20 Indian footballers over the course of two years. FC Goa midfielder Glan Martins was the only player to make his Stimac debut in the playoffs.
It has been a trying experience for the Croatian coach since he took over the Indian team as head coach in May 2019. The biggest challenge the Croatian has faced as a coach of the India has been the 16-month gap in which the Indian national team has not played a game. game due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After a busy 2019, where the Blue Tigers played 10 games under the tutelage of Stimac, no international game has been played in 2020.
Thus, after playing their last competitive match in November 2019, it was not until March 2021 that Stimac was able to rebuild the team. India played two friendlies against Oman and the United Arab Emirates in March 2021.
India have played a total of 15 matches in the Igor Stimac era so far, which the team has won twice.
Under Stimac, 41 players in total represented the Indian national team and the players who have played the most minutes in the past two years are Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Sunil Chhetri and Rahul Bheke.
Which player has played the most minutes under Stimac?
|Gurpreet Singh Sandhu||1080||12|
|Mandar Rao Dessai||373||5|
|Sahal Abdul Samad||335||7|
|Sheriff of Mashoor||90||2|