ISL is no longer a retirement plan, says Roy Krishna

GUWAHATI: With the key against NorthEast United FC on Saturday, ATK striker Roy Krishna now it has surpassed Jamshedpur FC Spanish striker Sergio Castel as the top scorer in Indian Super League season 6. While Fijian took his account to six goals from seven games with two clinical strokes, he could have achieved a hat-trick at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium if he hadn't missed the easiest opportunity of the night. However, Hero of the Match and also Hero of the Month of November Krishna is not the one who regrets a missed opportunity.

"I am happy that I scored a double and we are back at the top of the table. It could have been a hat-trick but I am okay with it. Every striker misses, even Messi. So that's not an issue. It's a team effort that we could beat NorthEast 3-0 at their home ground. It's a great win for us but we have to improve a lot and we are working towards it day in and day out to achieve more finesse as a team," Krishna said during a chat with TOI after the Indian Super League match.

On the ISL standard, Krishna, who played for the side of the A-League Wellington Phoenix for the last time, said: Before coming here, I heard that this league is for players who want to retire in a couple of years or so, But what I have seen after coming here is very different from that perception. The league is improving every year in terms of competitiveness and quality of foreigners, not just big names. Playing alongside good foreigners and with quality training, Indian players are also improving with foreign coaches. Therefore, I think this league will be world level in the coming days.

Asked if ATK have the best attacking trio in David Williams, Edu Garcia and himself in the league, the 32-year-old said with a shy smile, The statistics show that (pointing to 15 goals they have scored in seven matches till now , the most) .But I think we have a very good defense as well, we have conceded only five so far. A strong backline gives us the freedom to go for full attack and with someone like Garcia playing behind us (Williams and himself) there's no dearth of good balls for you. It's not about any individual performance but as a whole team that we are playing well. It's good to come back to winning ways. We have some tough games ahead, we play Goa in an away game next , so will have to better our performance.