Playing in the I-League prepared me for ISL: Asish Rai

Jan 22 2021 03:39 PM
Playing in the I-League prepared me for ISL: Asish Rai

New Delhi: Asish Rai has performed brilliantly in his second season in the ISL with Hyderabad FC. 21-year-old has caught the eye this season with his excellent performances down the right flank. He has emerged as an assured presence in both defence and attack for the Hyderabad team.

 Rai said that his two-year stint in the I-League with the Arrows has helped him gain confidence for the ISL challenge. Talking to a website, he said, "Coming to the ISL was a challenge but I drew motivation from my two seasons with the Indian Arrows in the I-League, where I got so much game time and learned how to play at the senior level against top opposition. We got a lot of opportunities to work on our game and develop with the Arrows, and we improved a lot as individuals and as a team. It was the perfect platform for an emerging player like me and really made me confident in my abilities."

Rai made just nine appearances for the Arrows in the 2017-18 I-League but in the following campaign, he featured in all 20 matches and became a permanent fixture in the right full-back position as the team picked up 21 points to gain eighth on the points table.

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