Chhetri, who scored five out of India's eight goals, was all praise of the other two Indian goal-getters on Saturday -- Suresh Singh and Sahal Abdul Samad.
Chhetri further bettered Pele's tally as he scored another one to have 79 international goals under his belt. The Indian captain is now the third-highest active international goalscorer.
India's Sunil Chhetri after equalling Pele: 'I hope to keep playing and scoring in foreseeable future'
Chhetri, 37, equalled the legendary Pele when his 83rd-minute strike helped India beat Nepal 1-0 and saved his side from elimination in the SAFF Championship in Maldives on Sunday.
The Croatian heaped praise on the Indian skipper after the latter's lone strike in the match handed the team three points in the tournament.
He is now on joint third with UAE's Ali Mabkhout (77) in the list of highest scorers among active footballers, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (112) and Lionel Messi (79).
Although the form has favoured Nepal so far at the tournament, Stimac was optimistic about his side's chances of making the final.
The Blue Tigers head coach Igor Stimac has come under fire for India's failure to win enough matches in the recent past and he will be under the pump on Thursday.
Bangladesh have been a tough customers for India who had needed a late equaliser in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers match in Kolkata to draw 1-1.
Despite India's 'little bit of superiority', every SAFF C'ships match is 'war to fight': Captain Sunil Chhetri
India, who have won the regional football tournament seven times out of the 12 editions, open their campaign against Bangladesh on Monday.
After a 1-1 draw in the first friendly, India notched up 2-1 win in the second game against Nepal on Sunday thanks to second-half strikes by Farukh Choudhary and skipper Sunil Chhetri.
It was Choudhary who put India ahead in the 62nd minute while Chhetri (80th) doubled the lead of the visitors.
The Blue Tigers haven't been able to get a practice field since their first match on September 2 and have been stuck in the team hotel since then.
Anjan Bista scored for Nepal in the 36th minute before Anirudh Thapa netted one for the visiting side at the Dashrath Stadium here.
Sunil Chhetri, Pritam Kotal and Sahal Abdul Samad are some of the players who are part of the list.
The final, to be fought between the top two sides after the round-robin league, will be held on October 13.