Previous commander Bhaichung Bhutia on Wednesday hailed the Indian football crew's exhibition in the goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar in the World Cup qualifiers, naming the outcome as an "extraordinary accomplishment".
He said the outcome can rouse the Indian players to have taken shots at progressing further to the following round.
"It was a major accomplishment, drawing against Asian victors Qatar and that too in Qatar. This match ought to spur the players to progress admirably and impart trust in the up and coming matches (of the World Cup qualifiers)," Bhutia told PTI.
"The young men have played well against Oman and Qatar and if they proceed similarly, there can be a likelihood for India to make it to the following round, you never know. Be that as it may, it ought not to be an irregular presentation and they ought to keep up it in the matches coming up," he included.
India plays their third Group E coordinate against Bangladesh in Kolkata on October 15, trailed by games against Afghanistan (away coordinate) on November 14 and Oman (in Muscat) on November 19. India will play against Qatar in their home match on March 26 one year from now.
"He was exceptional and he was the principal reason (for the draw)," the 42-year-old Bhutia said of Gurpreet that likewise wore the chief's armband in the match against Qatar.
Speaking further about the match against Qatar, Bhutia, he played 104 worldwide matches somewhere in the range of 1995 and 2011, stated, "India safeguarded truly well, the players kept up the shape and stayed smaller all through.
"Against Oman, India were ruling in the main half yet let in two new objectives. Thus, against Qatar, it was frightening however, at last, they had the option to keep their nerves and did not submit any misstep."
He, in any matter, said that it's ahead of schedule to pass judgment on lead trainer Stimac as he is new to the activity.
"It is too soon to say anything regarding the mentor. India has done well so far in those World Cup qualifiers and it ought not to be around one match or two matches. It ought to be steady," said the previous striker, he was known as 'Sikkimese Sniper' in his playing days.