Since childhood, every four years, I would see my family getting divided and shedding their patriotism for India to support Brazil or Germany. Followed by the lament when will we see Indian football team play? Yes, I am talking about the FIFA World Cup craze that takes over our country every four years. Not to forget the numerous zealous fans who are die-hard supporters of different European clubs. However, when it comes to home ground, all we have for our country’s team is criticism.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri recently used Twitter to address the same issue. He wanted the Indians to hear him out for the sake of future of football in this nation. With the caption ‘This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen,’ he posted this video:
This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018
In the video his love for the game is not hidden, that certainly moved the viewers. One of them is Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. He backed up his ‘good friend’ Chhetri and requested everyone to watch the video. Here’s what he said:
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 2, 2018
Soon Twitterati started commenting on the unfiltered emotion Chhetri’s video conveyed. While many admitted their guilt of not paying attention to Indian football, others made promises to get more involved. Here are the tweets:
Football is a game of billions…lets be the first billion to support Sunil..
— Sumanth Singh (@sumanthsingh19) June 3, 2018
this is the reality of indian football. indians only watch other foreign leagues all time
— . (@iTheRider1) June 2, 2018
Sunil, your words touched my heart. This small video left me teary eyed. Lots of respect to you and OUR football team for the kind of passion you bring with you to the game. You guys rock! We all are with you.
— Rohit ロヒト。カシャプ (@RohitBJP) June 2, 2018
Our team needs support. People in and around Mumbai, please please go watch!! India played so well against Chinese Taipei, it’s a pity if football isn’t encouraged! I wish I could be there, but will be tuning in via TV to watch!! #backtheblue #IntercontinentalCup
— Anuradha RF20 🎾 (@ann_ac22) June 2, 2018
The whole country supports you……Indian football game is developing……we all support you. You have the support of 1.3 billion people
— Harshit Dave (@Dave_hars) June 3, 2018
When the Captain of the football team requests… it means something…I’m coming @chetrisunil11 and not hopefully but ensure the slot for the 10th👏🏼😱
— knoll king (@tazknollking) June 3, 2018
I don’t care about who’s gonna win fifa WC 2k18
But I do care about Indian football team winning the Asian cup 2019.
Best of luck!
— vishal sahu (@sahuv844) June 4, 2018
Great initiative, simple and on point. Football could be our next big sport and it’s what it is because of the fans. Full support and power to you! Our kids will be thankful for the infrastructure and we will be proud of them someday, hopefully 🙏🏻
— Maulik Shah (@maulikns) June 3, 2018
Did it motivate you to pay more attention to Indian football?