Virat Kohli is one of the most famous voices in India © Getty Images
Virat Kohli is one of the most famous voices in India © Getty Images

Virat Kohli has conveyed his congratulatory message for the Indian football team via Twitter over them defeating Afghanistan to lift the SAFF Cup. India won the match by a 2-1 scoreline. Afghanistan were the first to score in the match with Zubayr Amiri scoring a goal in the 70th minute. However, India settled scores soon after with Jeje Lalpekhlua scoring a goal only two minutes later. The tone was set for the match to end in a tense manner. Sunil Chhetri ended the speculation and Afghanistan’s hopes of defending the title by scoring in the 101st minute (extra time). ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn wish fans Happy New Year 2016: Twitter Reactions

Kohli remains committed to cricket but is an active football enthusiast on the side which is testified in the fact that he holds shares in the FC Goa team in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is also their brand ambassador. His Goan team made it to the finals of the tournament this year where they were defeated by Chennayin FC.

Kohli made special mention of Chhetri’s deciding goal in his tweet celebrating India’s victory describing the goal as ‘mind-blowing’. He also pointed out that this was the seventh instance of India winning the SAFF Cup. “Congratulations Team India for lifting the SAFF cup for the 7th time. That extra time winner from @chetrisunil11 was mind blowing! #INDvAFG,” Kohli’s tweet read.

Kohli’s next focus with the Indian cricket team is the limited overs tour of Australia where they will play five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Kohli is vice captain in both teams, deputy to MS Dhoni.

 

Kohli is one of the most popular sporting figures in all of India owing to his batting performances and the fact that he is now the Test captain has boosted his profile.