In football, the ability to unlock defenses is paramount. Players with mesmerizing skills, offensive potential, smart vision, and agility bring different dynamics to their teams, often becoming the X-factors in decisive moments. The Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season, spanning 227 days, was marked by 237 assists, with Indian players contributing 54.85% and foreign players providing 45.15%.

From seasoned campaigners like Lallianzuala Chhangte to veterans like Rafael Crivellaro, the season showcased creativity and versatility. Let’s highlight some of the top assist providers of the season.

Madih Talal (Punjab FC) – 10 Assists


The French playmaker was impressive in his debut ISL season, playing a crucial role in Punjab FC’s attack. Talal led the league with 10 assists, consistently creating clear-cut chances and providing his teammates with goal-scoring opportunities. He also drew the highest number of fouls (71), created the second-most chances (57), and scored six goals in his 22 appearances, making him one of the most influential players in the league.

Rafael Crivellaro (Chennaiyin FC) – 7 Assists


The Brazilian maestro was pivotal for Chennaiyin FC, contributing seven assists. Crivellaro's synergy with Jordan Murray and Connor Shields played a significant role in Chennaiyin’s late push for playoff qualification. He created 42 chances, made 35 key passes, succeeded in 27 dribbles, and took 16 shots on target. He also bagged four goals this season and has been a potent threat in dead-ball situations.

Manvir Singh (Mohun Bagan SG) – 7 Assists


Manvir Singh’s driving runs from the flanks were one of Mohun Bagan SG’s strong points this season. The dynamic winger was very effective with his relentless runs, sharp movements, quick ball distribution, and precise crosses from the right wing. The India international created 37 chances, made 30 key passes, completed 24 dribbles, and had 101 touches in the opposition box. Additionally, he won 90 duels and completed 101 recoveries in his 23 appearances.

Dimitrios Petratos (Mohun Bagan SG) – 7 Assists


Dimitri Petratos was the linchpin in the Mohun Bagan SG squad in terms of orchestrating offensive moves. With his silky footwork, fine ball-carrying ability, and innate quality to find spaces in tight situations, the Aussie forward was crucial in the playmaking role. The prestigious ‘Golden Ball’ Award winner registered 551 passes, averaging 29 passes per game with an 81% passing accuracy. Petratos also created the joint-highest number of chances (60), attempted the second-most shots (67), and scored 10 goals in 23 appearances.

Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City FC) – 6 Assists


Lallianzuala Chhangte’s offensive impact and creativity were second to none. With his artistic skills, decorated footwork, intelligent positioning, and maturity in intense moments, Chhangte's performance was exemplary. Recording 10 goals, he built a formidable partnership with his teammates, resulting in a total of 16 goal contributions this season. The Mizo forward created 43 chances, made 37 key passes, completed 37 successful dribbles, and averaged 24 passes per game with a 22.73% goal conversion rate.

Amey Ranawade (Odisha FC) – 6 Assists


Amey Ranawade experienced a successful season under Sergio Lobera at Odisha FC, making it onto the list as the only full-back. The speedy right-back was very effective on the right flank with his overlapping runs, creating numerous opportunities for Roy Krishna and Diego Mauricio with precise deliveries. Besides his offensive contributions, Ranawade was solid defensively and was a regular member of the Kalinga Warriors’ defensive unit alongside Mourtada Fall and Carlos Delgado. He won 35 tackles, 86 duels, 93 recoveries, 10 blocks, and 29 interceptions in his 24 appearances this season.