FOOTBALL- Indian men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli says Sunil Chhetri deserves to play in the FIFA World Cup and the team should find the motivation to qualify for the same.
Chhetri is the poster boy of Indian football and has lead the team in major events but India has not been able to qualify for the World Cup.
"It's a sad fact to realise, especially after all that he's done for the nation. If anyone deserves it, it's him. And the team should rally behind that motivation and qualify, and dedicate it to him. He's an absolute champion and an inspirational human being," Kohli said.
Kohli, owner of FC Goa in the Indian Super League, wants to be involved with football after his retirement from cricket. He believes the game has a great potential to flourish in India and can actually reach the next level.
India has a real chance of qualifying for the World Cup since the number of participating nations have been increased from 32 to 48 from the 2026 edition.