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ISL 2020-21: Is ATK Mohun Bagan’s Arindam Bhattacharya currently among the best goalkeepers in India?


ATK goalkeeper Mohun Bagan has the most clean sheets and the best save percentage in the league …

ATK’s Arindam Bhattacharya Mohun Bagan has kept up to six clean sheets, at least two more than any current Indian Super League (ISL) goalkeeper at the end of 2020.

He may have made three fewer saves than Rehenesh TP (27) in the same number of games (8). But Rehenesh faced four more shots (76) than Arindam, meaning the ATKMB goalkeeper has a higher save percentage (88.88%) than his Jamshedpur counterpart (81.81% ).

ATKMB scored the fewest goals scored (3) with Mumbai City. However, Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh’s 0.43 goals-per-game average is higher than Arindam who conceded 0.38 goals per game due to an additional appearance in the goalless draw against Chennaiyin. In this game, Arindam put on a brilliant show.

The former ISL champion with ATK before the club’s merger with Mohun Bagan made several saves, including denying Rafael Crivellaro in a one-on-one situation early on and fingertip saves to prevent Lallianzuala Chhangte , Reagan Singh and Memo.

Arindam was unmoved in the 1-0 win over Bengaluru and did enough to stop FC Goa’s prolific attack in a 1-0 win.

In fact, one of the 31-year-old’s conceded goals was from the penalty spot as Joao Victor found a way to pass Arindam in what was Hyderabad’s only shot on target in the 1-1 draw. Even in the 2-1 loss at the hands of Jamshedpur where Nerijus Valskis scored two headers, there wasn’t much there was to do about them.

The former Churchill Brothers goalkeeper started the season with three clean sheets against the Kerala Blasters, East Bengal and Odisha where he presented a safe pair of hands whenever he was called into action.

Arindam has known Antonio Habas since his stint at FC Pune City and has now become the manager’s go-to man.

While forwards usually take center stage for their prolific performances, goalkeepers like Arindam Bhattacharya also deserve applause.