India Reacts To Football Team Captain's Emotional Appeal

Sunil Chhetri's Record

The Indian football team captain's heartfelt video came a day after he scored a hat-trick that helped India beat Chinese Taipei 5-0 in their opening match of Intercontinental Cup. However, media reports indicated that very poor turnout for the match with the official figures saying that only 2,569 fans were present at the stadium to watch India's victory against China.

Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick helped him achieve a remarkable feat. Chhetri is third on the list of the highest active goal-scorers in international football with 59 goals to his name. He has overtaken American Clint Dempsey and drew level with Spanish star David Villa on the list. Only Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine genius Lionel Messi are head of the Indian striker.

Chhetri's heart-touching appeal went viral with cricket legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli have all joined the chorus and requested people to support Indian football matches. This promotion seems to have worked.

The tickets for the Intercontinental Cup match between India and Kenya at the Mumbai Football Arena were sold out completely. It's learnt that the 10-15,000 capacity stadium in Mumbai for India's second match of the tournament has been sold out.

Meanwhile, Sunil Chhetri scored two goals (Brace) in his 100th International match which helped India beat Kenya 3-0. Thus, Indian football team has sealed its final berth of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup even as one match against New Zealand is pending.

It all began when Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri had made an emotional appeal to all sports lovers across the country to support football game. Sunil Chhetri, who would be making his 100th international appearance for India, had posted an emotional video on Twitter on Saturday, pleading fans to "abuse us, criticize us but please come to watch the Indian national team play."

Here is a story that is straight out of a sports drama film from Bollywood. In the first Inter-continental match, Indian team has beaten China with 5-0 with a stellar performance. But there were very meagre audience in stadium to cheer for Indian team as cricket dominates football in India.

This made Indian football team captain to plead people to come to Stadium to encourage them and it did worked. The rest is history as Indian football team spring a miracle in the next match which saw full attendance of crowd. Read on to know the full story.