Just like other sportspersons, Sunil Chhetri also had a lot of big hopes from himself, however, showcasing his superb talent in 100 international games for the nation was never one of his dreams.
At the moment, not only is Sunil Chhetri going to turn out to be a centurion, the super sensation is going to perform that on a sports ground crammed with his buffs crosswise the nation.
This unexpected affection for football isn’t organic, though.
It was depressing to witness a performer, who has attained a lot in his life, literally begging people to come and enjoy his game.
Giving up his dream to turn out to be a cricketer, Sunil chose football as the only condition in this game were shoes that he used to sew up himself when they turned useless and torn.
With 59 goals in 99 games, he remains on the third place on the highest active global goalscorers’ list, which features – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
After Baichung Bhutia, Sunil is only the second footballer to showcase his talent in 100 international matches for India.
He is questionably the most victorious striker in the record of Indian football.
If there were two individuals present in the stands at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri who were most proud of India’s talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri’s landmark feat of 100 international matches yesterday, it was his parents, KB and Sushila Chhetri, who arrived from New Delhi yesterday for the event.
“Sunil’s feat today is beyond our expectations. The experience we had was tremendously very high. In fact, the moment he got to his 50th cap, we thought that he might achieve the 100th, but thereafter we forgot about it. The day he completed his 97th match, there was a little clamour that he is about to reach that feat and we too got excited,” KB, an official in the Electronics and Mechanical Engineers Corps of the Indian Army, told media.
Sunil’s mom Sushila has no words.
“I am very emotional today, but I’m really happy that my son has reached here,” Sushila added.
In actual fact, the pair got touched by Sunil’s video recording in which he appealed buffs to be present at the game at the sports ground. The video instantly turned viral all over the web.
“To be very frank, the video that went viral touched me as well. We just made a programme at the eleventh hour and landed here. We thought about celebrating the moment, so we decided that we should celebrate with the team,” KB added.