Indian captain Sunil Chhetri believes that the current team works extremely hard with everyone chipping in. India qualified for the AFC Asian Cup main draw for the first time in two consecutive seasons after topping their group. Chhetri keeps on delivering when it matters most after scoring an important free-kick against Afghanistan. He refused to take credit and marked the win as a collective effort.

“Again, I’m really blessed to be a part of a team that works incredibly hard. It’s not me, it’s the whole team, we work extremely hard, everyone chips in, I’m just the cherry picker of the entire cake in the end,” Indian captain Sunil Chhetri said. “That’s it really, everyone plays a part, I’m not being modest, I have a specific role to play and so does everyone. We gel and try to sync together to be a better team. That’s the target for our young side, all the places are still up for grabs, we’re going to work really hard and be a strong team.”

“I’ve been really blessed to play with a lot of groups, this one is a very aware one, a group which knows exactly what their strengths and weaknesses are, they work really hard, slowly and steadily everyone is taking their places in the team. It’s really good to be in the midst of the boys here,” he added. “You learn so much from so many of them, and I’m happy for myself, happy for the team, for everyone, for all the fans over here. It was indeed a special day. You could see how Sahal kept his composure, you could see what Udanta did when he came on, you could see how good Jeakson [Singh] and Suresh [Wangjam] were just as good as they played in the U-17 World Cup.”

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