He was the only Indian to be nominated for November’s Player of the Month honour, he is considered a future national team captaincy candidate, and he is crucial to Chennaiyin FC’s chances in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL).
Anirudh Thapa has orchestrated the midfield like a workhorse this year. The 22-year-old was coming off his best season, with one goal and six assists in 20 appearances, ahead of the ongoing edition.
Thapa’s appointment as one of the vice-captains, alongside Eli Sabia, is proof of how much faith new manager Csaba Laszlo has in him. He repaid the Hungarian coach’s trust by becoming the first Indian goalscorer of ISL 2020-21.
His goal against Jamshedpur FC in match five of the season was the fourth-fastest in the tournament’s short history, scored in just 52…