It was June 12, 2005 when a diminutive, obscure Sunil Chhetri stepped up in the absence of Bhaichung Bhutia and scored on India debut, that too against Pakistan. 18 years hence, on this very day, Chhetri, now the India captain, scored To send India into the finals of the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2023.
Chhetri's face radiated with a smile, a reflection of the sheer joy and pride that surged through his veins. This remarkable goal not only propelled India to the summit of the table but also served as an exquisite symphony of love.
Chhetri revealed in the post-match interview, "Me and my wife are expecting a baby, this is how she wanted me to announce - it's for her and the baby. I just hope we got all the blessings and wishes."
Indian football coach Igor Stimac shared his thoughts on the team's performance after the game and acknowledged the challenging conditions they faced, emphasizing the importance of scoring early in such situations.
India has qualified for the finals of the Intercontinental Cup, setting the stage for a formidable showdown against Lebanon, a strong opponent. The anticipation is high as the nation eagerly awaits this epic clash.