Backing national football skipper, who posted an emotion video appealing fans for support, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Sunday urged the fans to fill the stadiums and watch the team play.
Chhetri, who is set to appear for the 100th match in national jersey against Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai on Monday, had made a folding hand request to the Indian sports fan to come and watch the team play through a video posted on his social media pages on Saturday evening.
"My good friend and Indian football captain posted (video) sometime back. I want to request everyone to watch Indian football team play. Anyone who loves any kind of sport, go and cheer the team at the stadium because they are working hard. They are a talented side and I have seen the players evolve and learn over last few seasons. They have got so much better in their games," Kohli said.
"This will also go down a long way in contributing towards the sporting culture that is the vision for all of us to see in our country. If you want to be called a proud sporting nation, we need to accept and support all the sports equally," said Kohli in his video message, posted on twitter.
Kohli said the football players deserve the support and respect as they are representing the nation.
"So, have compassion and think of how much you can contribute to the players and in turn contribute to the nation because they are representing our nation and very proud of that. I want to urge everyone to go there and see them play and support them because eventually we all are striving collectively in making a sporting nation and your contribution will be massive."
Sunil Chhetri will be the centre of attraction as he is set to make his 100th international memorable by continuing his scoring spree in the Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya here tomorrow.
With 59 goals to his credit, the talismanic striker is India's all-time leading scorer and is behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the all-time leading scorer for country (active players).