Abuse us, criticise us, but please come and watch us play: Sunil Chhetri appeals in touching video
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar also supported the Indian Football Team skipper.
India is a highly active country as far as sports is concerned. But the sad truth about the country is that most of the attention goes towards cricket while the other games are more or less neglected. If we as a nation want to excel in sports, every game should be dealt with equally and paid attention to.
The Indian national football team is doing tremendously well off late as they have successfully clinched a spot in the 2019 AFC Cup. They also are climbing up the FIFA rankings, now sitting in the 97th position. India picked up a convincing 5-0 win in their latest encounter against Chinese Taipei in the Intercontinental Cup with skipper Sunil Chhetri netting a brilliant hat-trick.
Not only did the skipper guide his team to a scintillating victory but he also posted a video of his own on Twitter urging the countrymen to show their support towards the team bu turning up at the stadiums.
This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018
“But today I am not making a video for you guys. I am gonna speak and appeal to all of you who did not come. To everyone who is not a football fan, please come and watch us for two reasons. No. 1 – it’s the best game in the world and No. 2 – we play for our country. We will make sure that once you come to watch us, you will not return the same person back home”
“I mean, it is not fun to criticise or abuse on the internet. Come to the stadium. Do it on our face. Scream at us, shout at us, abuse us. Who knows, one day it might change you guys or you might start a chain for us. To all of you fans who could not come or did not come due to delay, work, school, please come and watch us in the stadiums. You guys have no idea how important you are and your support is.”
The Indian captain also reminded us about India’s upcoming fixtures urging all the people to make it to the stadium this time to show their support towards the team.
“So today I am requesting all of you to come support us on 4th, 7th and hopefully 10th June when we are playing in Mumbai. Encourage us, watch us, abuse us, criticise us, talk about the game, go back home and have discussions, make banners but please get involved.”
“This is a very important time and juncture in Indian football and football in India needs you guys. So here am requesting you, come and support us, in Mumbai and wherever we play. Jai Hind!”
Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli also showed his support towards the Indian football team and Sunil Chhetri through a video on Twitter.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 2, 2018
Even the master could not stop himself and took it to Twitter urging all the fans to fill in the stadiums and support the Blue Tigers in their upcoming fixtures.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 3, 2018