It all started at the Mumbai Football Arena when Chhetri delivered a stunning performance against Chinese Taipei in the tournament opener. The world's third highest active worldwide goalscorer, Chhetri, has so far found the back of the net in each of the three games, including a hat-trick against Chinese Taipei and a brace against Kenya.
As India took on Kenya in the finals of the Intercontinental Cup 2018 at the Mumbai Football Arena, Indian captain Chettri smashed a brilliant brace to seal a flawless 2-0 win which saw the Blue Tigers lift the trophy in front of a packed crowd which wouldn't die down shouting the 33-year-old's name who has now equalled Lionel Messi on the list of active goal scorers.
India's football captain Sunil Chhetri Sunday joined Argentine star Lionel Messi as the second highest worldwide goal scorer among active players with his 64th strike for the country.
The hosts are the side to beat this tournament as they have throughout played an aggressive brand of football.
India beat Taiwan (5-0) and then Kenya (3-0) before losing to New Zealand (1-2) in the league phase.
India also boast of an array of decent midfielders like Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Pranay Halder and Halicharan Narzary.
At the back, India have experienced defenders like Sandesh Jhingan and Pritam Kotal.
Kenya were resilient as they tried to fight back in the second half and came really close to scoring from a free kick in the 76 minute, only to be denied by goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu yet again. "Obviously, we'd like to get players on December 10, as that will help them get used to the situation", the India coach added.
This win comes at a very crucial time for India as an emotional Sunil Chhetri had urged fans to come to the stadiums to support the national team.
The live telecast of the Intercontinental Cup 2018 Final India v/s Kenya match will begin at 8 pm IST. "Maybe we lacked concentration and communication in the last match against India last match".
Ahead of this inaugural Intercontinental Cup, New Zealand coach Fritz Schmid had made an interesting evaluation of hosts India.