India’s inspirational football captain, Sunil Chhetri cannot stop winning hearts.
The 33-year old has been all over the news for the past one week for all the right reasons. Wherever Sunil goes, the fans are turning up in huge numbers to back him and his team.
It all started after his heartfelt plea following the Intercontinental Cup-opener against Chinese Taipei. Chhetri had scored a hat-trick to fire India to a massive 5-0 win.
However, the game was attended by a mere 2,500 fans. Disappointed with the lack of support, Chhetri had taken to Twitter and made an emotional plea to Indians for supporting the national football.
The video garnered huge attention from fans, media and celebrities alike. And the fans responded brilliantly. They flocked to the stadiums in the following games and the Indian team also responded in style.
On Sunday, the Blue Tigers beat Kenya by 2-0 to win the tournament. Chhetri once again starred, scoring both the goals to cap off the tournament in a dream style.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 10, 2018
The brace helped Chhetri take his goal- tally to 64. It also helped him join Argentina star Lionel Messi as the second highest international goal-scorer among active players.
Meanwhile, the players and the fans celebrated the triumph over Kenya in style. But after the game, an incident happened that made Chhetri furious. When the skipper was walking back towards the dressing room, one fan threw an Indian flag towards him for an autograph. Disgusted with the behaviour, Chhetri was quick to react, asking the fans not to do it.
Here is a clip of that incident: