O Captain, My Captain: India’s Immense Love for Sunil Chhetri in 5 Heartfelt Tweets!

"We promise you that if that’s the kind of support we get every time we play for the country, we will give our lives on the pitch. India, this night was special because we were in this together. Those in the stands shouting, and the ones at home cheering - thank you!"-Sunil Chhetri

Things couldn’t have gone better for Team India captain Sunil Chhetri on his 100th appearance, as he led Team India to a 3-0 victory against Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup.

Chhetri scored two goals as the raucous crowd in the Mumbai showered the team with overwhelming support. India will now play in the final.

Sunil Chhetri thanking fans after the match. (Source: AIFF Media)
Sunil Chhetri thanking fans after the match. (Source: AIFF Media)

Chhetri’s plea over the weekend urging fans to come out and support Team India paid off handsomely. After a dismal turnout of less than 2000 fans last Friday, on Monday, the official attendance was 8890 people in a stadium with a capacity of 10,500.

In fact, last evening, a popular YouTuber, Nikunj Lotia, announced on social media that he had bought out an entire stand and asked fellow fans to get in touch with him for tickets.

Goosebumps: Post match celebrations with the crowd. (Source: Sunil Chhetri/Facebook)
In a sea of blue: Post match celebrations with the crowd. (Source: Sunil Chhetri/Facebook)

Chhetri’s plea on social media received massive support from several famous personalities and sporting icons. After the match, Chhetri expressed his gratitude, while a whole host of celebrities came out in celebration on social media, and congratulated Team India for their stupendous win.

On a more sobering note, however, Team India coach Stephen Constantine said that players shouldn’t beg fellow Indians to attend matches. “I don’t feel we should be begging people to watch the national team. The response has been unbelievable. When the national team has been playing the manner we have been playing in the last three years it was disappointing to see the turnout in the first match,” he said, according to an AIFF press release.

Also Read: India’s Greatest Goal Scorer Touches 100: 5 Memorable Sunil Chhetri Moments!

Nonetheless, Team India will play New Zealand next on June 7, and all the tickets have been sold out. It’s impossible to deny the impact Chhetri’s plea had on Indian fans.

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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