Delhi Dynamos defender Souvik Chakraborty has registered a commendable achievement as he emerged as the only player to feature in every minute of his side’s playing time in the ongoing Indian Super League football.
Chakraborty, who has been part of the Delhi side since the inception in 2014, has played 1260 minutes in 14 matches, making him the player to have spent the maximum minutes on the field.
Not only Chakraborty, other Indian players have also done well in the ISL regarding the amount of time they were on the field. Chakraborty is followed by Kerala Blasters defender Sandesh Jhingan, who clocked 1248 minutes and was replaced only once in the league stage, to be the overall second in the playing time list.
There are two other Indian players — Debjit Majumder (Atletico de Kolkata) and Mehrajuddin Wadoo (Chennaiyin FC) — in the top 10.
Among the top 15 players, seven are Indians while the Indian players representation goes up to 12 in the top 25 list, reflecting on the equal opportunity ISL presents to the domestic players.
Chakraborty has been a favourite of Delhi Dynamos coach Gianluca Zambrotta and occupied the right-back slot for all the matches. He did not just make up the numbers but also put up impressive performances, making him an integral part of Delhi Dynamos.
Jhingan has been the leading performer for Kerala Blasters since the start and was trusted by Steve Coppell in defence. Jhingan formed a strong central-defensive partnership with Cedric Hengbart whenever marquee player Aaron Hughes was not available. When the Northern Ireland international was on the field, Coppell used Jhingan on the flanks.
Chennaiyin FC defender Mehrajuddin Wadoo and Atletico de Kolkata goalkeeper Debjit Majumder were also never substituted whenever they were fielded for 13 out of the 14 matches their respective teams have played so far.
They only sat out of their concluding league clashes as their respective coaches opted to give others a chance with nothing at stake. Atletico de Kolkata had already qualified for the play-offs before the last league game and Chennaiyin FC were out of the race.
FC Pune City’s Mohamed Sissoko is the only marquee name to feature among the top 10 players who have played maximum minutes.
From among the international players, Kerala Blasters defender Cedric Hengbart leads the charts at number three with 1237 minutes, while Lucian Goian and Krisztian Vadocz from Mumbai City FC complete the top-five with 1234 and 1232 minutes respectively.