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India captain Sunil Chhetri on India’s FIFA World Ranking: The real test begins now

Indian national team skipper Sunil Chhetri (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)

India star striker Sunil Chhetri feels „very happy“ about the news of India achieving the best FIFA World Ranking in over two decades. India is ranked 101st in the world and 11th in Asia according to the latest FIFA World Ranking which has been released earlier today.

„I’ve just had a look at the updated rankings put out by FIFA and ‘very happy’ is the simplest but most honest way to describe how I feel about India being placed at 101. This achievement belongs to the team, the team behind the team, the coaching staff, the media, the fans and most importantly, to the country,“ said Sunil.

„On a personal note, the joy is a little more given this is the highest ranking we’ve achieved during my time playing for the nation. But while we should celebrate every success, big or small, we also need to realize that the real test begins now. In my opinion, rankings are a very fickle measurement of one’s success and it is best to not get carried away by it. You lose one game, you slide down 40 places, you win one, and you climb up 50. The real achievement will be when we cling on to this position or better it over the next three to four years. We will need to play more games with better opponents and keep performing well consistently at home and more importantly, away.“

„This change in ranking also pushes us up on the Asian circuit and working our way up further will give us favorable draws when lots are drawn in continental competitions. That said, our biggest task at the moment is to make it out of the qualifiers of the AFC Asian Cup.“

„Everything said, we are moving in the right direction and like I always say, it will take a mammoth effort from all of us involved with football to reach where we want to be,“ the India captain concluded.

(Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)