As Indian team gears up for FIFA U-17 World Cup, fans are pouring wishes to the 21 soldiers who will take on Team US in a Zone A matchup at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Cricketing greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli wished the Indian team best of luck ahead of the clash. India’s highest run scorer in international cricket took to Twitter to post a video with an emotional message for hosts India as well as youngsters who will represent the country on the field. Tendulkar, who spoke in Hindi, wished the team all the best on the field and also said that everyone needs to do their bit to make the tournament successful off the pitch as well. He said, “From tomorrow, the U-17 football World Cup will be played. It is a big moment for all of us. The kind of response that has been there… simply incredible. I am really happy about it.” “But here, India have a good opportunity to showcase something special on-and-off the field. Off the field, how good a host we are and how we have responded to such a big tournament. On the field, how tough we can be as an opposition. I am so sure, that the boys are going to go out and give their best. Come on India, dikha do (show them). All the very best boys,” Tendulkar added.
Rohit Sharma also took to Twitter and said,”U-17 Football World Cup in India, it cannot get bigger this. Its a great moment for all of us and the biggest occasion in Indian sports. Let’s get behind our boys and support them unconditionally tonight as they embark on the thrilling journey which lies ahead of them.” He then introduced Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Kartik who wished the team luck.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 6, 2017
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 5, 2017
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 2, 2017
Earlier on October 2, Indian captain Virat Kohli also posted an inspirational post for the young brigade. He said,”Our U-17 boys are taking part in the U-17 FIFA World Cup which starts on October 6. Their first match is against team USA.” “I would like to wish them all the very best for the first game and the rest of the tournament. Go, get it boys, make us proud,” he added.