Kolkata, March 8: Chris Payne have become a hot favourite among the East Bengal fans, the club officials and coach Trevor James Morgan after scoring goals 3 goals in consecutive matches in the ongoing I-League.
Even on Tuesday, March 7, during East Bengal’s home match against Churchill Brothers, Payne scored the only goal for East Bengal.
Payne, however, is also passionate about cricket. The Australian striker still cannot forget his meeting with Mickael Clarke all on a sudden at the Sydney airport before coming to Kolkata to join East Bengal.
On that meeting, Payne said: “It was an awesome feeling when I met Clarke all a sudden at the Sydney airport. Both of us were coming to India.
"I was on the way to Kolkata to join East Bengal. Clarke was also en route to India for commentary of India-Australia test match.
"I introduced myself and told him I am one of his fans. Clarke also wished me good luck to my career in Indian football and said he would like watching football also.”
The 26-year old striker had an impressive 22 goals in 24 matches while representing Sydney United in the last season.
Payne further added: “I like to watch cricket very much. In Australia, I used to watch national team’s almost all the test and one-day internationals after our training was finished at Sydney United.
"Here also in Kolkata, after returning from training I was watching India-Australia ongoing Test every day.
"Even, after being exhausted from training I did not feel tired of sitting in front of the television and watch our team playing against India.”
Payne who looked little upset following the defeat of his countrymen against India in the Bangalore Test, said: “David Warner is my hero in the Australian cricket team. I have intense desire to meet him one day and ask for tips that how to maintain agility as he shows on the field.”