India won the SAFF championship title after beating Nepal 3-0 in the final in Male on Saturday to hand Stimac his first trophy as in-charge of the team.
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.
The Blue Tigers had started the competition on a shaky note but signed off with an impressive 3-0 win over Nepal in the final to clinch the title.
Aa unique experience for Nepal, who are appearing for the first time in the title-decider of the SAFF championship while India are looking to clinch the title for the eighth time.
India drew against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their first two matches which had put them in danger of missing the final but the win against Nepal brought them back in the reckoning.
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.
Chhetri scored in the 62nd and 71st minutes after Manvir Singh had given India the lead in the 33rd minute in the must-win match for India.
The worst performance for seven-time champions India before this edition was the third-place finish in 2003 and the country has either won or finished runners-up in 11 previous editions.
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.
The struggle for survival in the regional event tells a lot about which direction the team is headed...
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 seven-time champions paid the price of not creating enough chances and wasting those they got against a Sri Lankan side 98 places below them in the FIFA rankings.
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.
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