After Kenya vs India match, now the tickets for India vs New Zealand match have been sold out 24 hrs before the match. It seems Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri’s emotional plea has made cricket-crazy India fall in love with football again.

Sunil Chhetri-led Indian football team will clash with New Zealand on Thursday after two back-to-back victories over Chinese Taipei (5-0) and Kenya (3-0) in the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2018.

In case you don’t know, on Saturday Chhetri scored a hat-trick and guided India to the 5-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the opening match of the tournament. After the victory, he posted a 2.20-minute video on Twitter, asking countrymen to support football by watching the matches live in the stadium.

Chhetri’s statement seems to have shaken the country as a jam-packed stadium awaits the Indian football team on Thursday night at the Mumbai arena.

Here’s the video:

 

In the video, Chhetri was quoted as saying, “I mean it’s not fun to criticise and abuse on the internet. Come to the stadium, do it on our face, scream at us, shout at us, abuse us, who knows one day we might change you guys, you might start cheering for us.”

Moments after Chhetri posted the video, it went viral on social media. Following Chhetri’s post, the debate that why cricket is the only dominant sport in the nation started once again.