Indian football team has found an ardent supporter in Virat Kohli. From being the co-owner of Goa in the Super League matches to posting encouraging messages for the team, he is omnipresent for them. Virat Kohli, in this way, has remained quite vocal in his support.
Kohli has also sounded Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri’s rallying call to fans. He too wants the football loving people to throng the pavilion to see the matches there. Chhetri’s message and support from stars like Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar have boosted the morale of the team with India vs Kenya match in Mumbai’s all ticket sold out. Following India’s comfortable 3-0 win over Kenya, Kohli took to Twitter and posted a message for the Indian football team and captain Chhetri.
It is to be recalled that the last two years have been wonderful for Indian Football team and in recent victory again they have shown that they are good at playing. “Its a great 3-nil victory over Kenya. Well done champ @chetrisunil11″ wrote Kohli to the captain.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 5, 2018
Chhetri had already scored a hat-trick in team’s first match of the Intercontinental Cup against Chinese Taipei. He has completed his 100th global appearance in the team’s clash against Kenya at the Mumbai Stadium.
For the Indian team’s skipper, those were his 60th and 61st goals for the BT team, which has made him the top Indian goal-scorer by a good margin. B Bhutia is next in the row with 40 goals out of 104 appearances. This list also includes eight goals in Fifa matches, making Chhetri the first Indian to complete a ton of official team’s appearances in Fifa-sanctioned matches.
The country’s national football team represents India in international football. It is governed by the All India Football Federation. The team also participates in the events at South Asian Football Federation. The team was once considered one of the best teams in Asia, during the 1950s. The country had won gold during the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games while finishing fourth in the 1956 Summer Olympics.
India has not participated in the World Cup, although the team did qualify for the World Cup once after all the other nations in their qualification group withdrew. Despite, India withdrew from the tournament. The team has also appeared thrice in the AFC Asian Cup. They have got the honour to won the tournament six times since it began in the year 1993.
Despite India’s so-so performance, the team has seen a steady improvement since the beginning of the 21st century.