Sunil Chhetri recently uploaded a video on the social media urging the Indians to come to stadiums and watch the beautiful game. He looked emotional while pleading to the fans to come and watch their game and not just sit at homes and criticize the national team for not doing well at the international level.
The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli was quick to respond to Chhetri's heartfelt yet hard-hitting message and echoed his words saying all the sports should be paid equal attention in order to make India truly sporting nation.
"My good friend and Indian football captain posted (video) sometime back. I want to request everyone to watch Indian football team play. Anyone who loves any kind of sport, go and cheer the team at the stadium because they are working hard. They are a talented side and I have seen the players evolve and learn over last few seasons. They have got so much better in their games," Kohli said.
"This will also go down a long way in contributing towards the sporting culture that is the vision for all of us to see in our country. If you want to be called a proud sporting nation, we need to accept and support all the sports equally," said Kohli in his video message that he posted on Twitter.
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Virat Kohli also added that the national football team deserves request and more attention and as a responsible country we must pay attention to what Sunil Chhetri has pointed at.
"So, have compassion and think of how much you can contribute to the players and in turn contribute to the nation because they are representing our nation and very proud of that. I want to urge everyone to go there and see them play and support them because eventually we all are striving collectively in making a sporting nation and your contribution will be massive." Kohli said.
"To all of you who are fans of big European clubs and support European clubs with so much passion and sometimes you guys think that the level is not the same, so why do you waste your time? Agreed, the level is not the same, not even close but with our desire and determination, we will try our best to make your time worth," Sunil Chhetri had said.