Australia’s record goalscorer Cahill is a fan of Tendulkar and Kohli

first_imgJamshedpur FC star Tim Cahill has said that he loves cricket and that he admires India captain Virat Kohli for the way he has worked his way to the top.Cahill, who made one last appearance for Australia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup earlier this year, joined Jamshedpur FC had returned to Championship side Milwall in December last year but was then released by the club.Upon joining Jamshedpur, Cahill had said, “”I’m excited to announce that I’m signing for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL). I’ve been really impressed in my conversations with the club by their professionalism and goals for what they want to achieve.”Ahead of the fifth season of the Indian Super League, which starts on September 29 in Kolkata, Cahill spoke to the media about his love for Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli.Also read – ISL: Australia’s record goalscorer Tim Cahill joins Jamshedpur FC”I love cricket. My all-time favourite is Sachin Tendulkar, without a shadow of a doubt. But now, it is obviously Virat Kohli because I love his background story of how he has achieved what he is today,” Cahill, Austrailia’s record goalscorer, said on Saturday.Cahill further spoke on the facets of Kohli that appeals to him and admitted that he followed the Indian star on social media.”He works hard, he is humble, he sacrificed a lot and is very committed. But I also like the way he tends to give back so much to the Indian people off the park, both emotionally and charitably. So I follow him on the social networks. He is a good example,” Cahill further said.advertisementCahill is also good friends with former Australian pacer Brett Lee. “He is a close friend,” Cahill said adding he spoke to several friends before coming to India.”I had a lot of idea about the condition of Indian football before coming to Jamshedpur. I talked to a lot of foreign players, who have been here. I asked about the structure. The main thing that kept coming back was the local talent in India and how good it is in India and how it is growing.”| #JamshedpurFC conducted their first training session ahead of the new #HeroISL campaign at the JRD Tata Sports Complex!Check out the full gallery FC (@JamshedpurFC) September 21, 2018Cahill, who is one of the high profile recruits for ISL 2018-19, said he would look to be more than just a marquee signing for Jamshedpur FC.”With three Asian Cup and four World Cup appearances, I would like to contribute on the park as much as off it,” Cahill, who scored 50 goals for Australia in a career spanning 14 years, told reporters on Saturday.Having debuted last season as part of ISL’s expansion to 10 teams, Jamshedpur finished a creditable fifth in their maiden campaign.”I take great pride in playing and training. I would look to add more value than just be a marquee signing.”Asked whether his age will come in his way with the long ISL season stretching from September 29 to March next year, the former Everton legend said: “It’s only 18 matches per season with good number of breaks in between.”I’m used to playing 30-40 matches per season. It’s not long for me, it’s very short I would say. I would give my best.”Cahill was all praise for Jamshedpur FC and said they tick all the boxes as far as structure and professional goes, something that made him join the club.”The professionalism, the set up of the academy, the training ground and the future of the club really impressed me. Here at Jamshedpur FC, we have no distraction as players.”We have our complex, training pitch, gym and an upcoming swimming pool. It’s the perfect vision to help Indian football grow, something that excited me.”The personal goal is to improve my team and see the right results. We have a great blend of foreign and Indian players including three from the (Tata Football) Academy that speaks volumes of our team building. Taking the talent making them represent the country is our goal.”Wow what a way to meet our fans in India @jamshedpurfc The love for football is amazing and I’m so happy that I can experience this passion first hand. I’ve played all over the world and I’m excited now to play in INDIA. @IndSuperLeague CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) September 19, 2018Cahill received a warm welcome in Jamshedpur by the city fans with drum beats and dance.advertisement”When I got to Jamshedpur, the first thing noticed was it’s green, there’s not much of traffic and loads of fans — beautiful people, football and family. We are together 24×7 in the academy. This the environment I want to be in, this is professional football,” he said.”We are trying to be pioneers and be an example. We are focused in making a good structure something that the fans can be proud of. We want to make sure to tell the right story to the fans. It’s on TV everywhere, it’s global, like cricket, like anything.”Cahill will miss Jamshedpur FC’s opener against Mumbai City FC, serving a three-match ban handed by the Football Association for his tussle in his last match for Milwall against Fulham.Having scored a brace against him seven years ago in their 4-0 win over India in the Asia Cup, Cahill will play with goalkeeper Subrata Pal.”I’m sorry for scoring,” Cahill told Pal, seated on the same dias. I’m lucky enough to play against India. It was a memorable match. We swapped jerseys, took photos. I’ve some great memories. The most important thing is respect,” he said.Few of Jamshedpur players complained of hectic travelling as they have to go to Ranchi, about three hours by road or rail, to board a flight for their away matches.”We are professional footballers, four hours by train, no problem. We are a good group of players who are very humble and gel as a team,” Cahill signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more