Bidyashagar Singh scored his 12th goal of the I-League 2020-21 on the ultimate day of the league in direction of Gokulam Kerala FC, which put TRAU FC inside the lead and in pole place for the title. Nonetheless, the hearts of the Purple Pythons and their followers have been broken as a result of the Malabarians received right here storming once more inside the second half to blitz their method to excessive spot and lift the coveted trophy.
Whatever the gut-wrenching loss, the side from Manipur can take good pleasure of their advertising and marketing marketing campaign – notably Bidyashagar, who created historic previous by turning into the first Indian participant to finish as outright top-scorer inside the historic previous of the I-League and likewise bagged the ‘Hero of the League’ award for his performances.
In a chat with i-league.org, he acknowledged, “I’m very blissful to win the Highest Goal Scorer and the ‘Hero of the League’ awards and it is a very proud achievement for me and my family.”
“For me, it has been an incredible season with many memorable moments, notably the consecutive hat-tricks. To be the one Indian to be outright excessive scorer inside the I-League and create historic previous is an incredible feeling.”
Only one Indian had accomplished as a result of the I-League excessive scorer sooner than – Sunil Chhetri for Bengaluru FC inside the 2013-14 season, the place he scored 14 targets and shared the award with Salgaocar’s Darryl Duffy.
Since then, Bidyashagar will also be the one Indian to have registered 10 or additional targets in a single advertising and marketing marketing campaign, with Jobby Justin’s nine-goal haul for East Bengal in 2018-19 being second-best.
He moreover turns into merely the fourth Indian to finish as excessive scorer in a single season of the Nationwide Soccer League or I-League, changing into a member of an elite group consisting of Bhaichung Bhutia (JCT, 14 targets), Raman Vijayan (FC Kochin, 10 targets) and Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC, 14 targets).
The 23-year-old averaged 3.7 photos per recreation inside the I-League 2020-21 and inside the championship part, he scored a whopping seven targets in 5 video video games – along with two consecutive hat-tricks in direction of Mohammedan Sporting and Precise Kashmir FC.
He moreover found the net inside the final spherical match in direction of Gokulam and admitted that whereas the last word consequence was ‘disappointing’, his workers’s present over the course of the advertising and marketing marketing campaign makes him ‘proud’.
“Finally, we’ve got been minutes away from profitable the league title and the frustration from the ultimate match continues to be there. Nonetheless, all in all, it was a wonderful season for me and my complete workers. I am proud of what we achieved this season,” he quipped.
Bidyashagar, who had first joined TRAU FC as a youth participant on the age of 16, expressed his gratitude to his workers and the league.
He acknowledged, “I want to thank my family, teammates and coaches for his or her regular assist and the federation for organising this match whatever the numerous challenges and providing a protected setting for us to play and compete.”