India vs Iraq, King’s Cup 2023: Here’s Why Sunil Chhetri is Missing From Blue Tigers’ Starting XI

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Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri (AIFF)

Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri (AIFF)

Sunil Chhetri was left out of India’s squad for the King’s Cup 2023 tournament since he and his wife were recently blessed with a baby boy

The Indian men’s football team is set to kick-start their King’s Cup 2023 journey with a semifinal clash against Iraq on Thursday, September 7, however, one key name will be missing from the Blue Tigers’ starting XI.

Coach Igor Stimac picked up a star-studded playing XI for the clash against Iraq, who are the highest-ranked team in the tournament although Sunil Chhetri won’t feature in the tournament.

India’s captain, leader and legend, and the third highest active goal scorer in world football behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Chhetri was recently blessed with his first child.

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The 39-year-old and his wife Sonam Bhattacharya were blessed with a baby boy on August 31, and ahead of the King’s Cup, the Indian stalwart had asked the AIFF to be excluded from the tournament being played in Thailand to be with his wife.

In place of Chhetri, Stimac opted to go with Manvir Singh to lead India’s line against the Lions of Mesopotamia who are placed 70th in the FIFA rankings.

India’s playing XI for King’s Cup 2023 clash vs Iraq: 

Gurpreet Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Manvir Singh, Jeakson Singh, Mahesh Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Ashique Kuruniyan

Amrit SantlaniAmrit Santlani, Senior Sub Editor at Cricketnext has 4 years of experience covering multiple sports events such as the IPL, T20 World Cup, FIFA World …Read More

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