India Test captain Virat Kohli congratulated the Indian football team for lifting their seventh SAFF Cup on Sunday.
India held their nerves to edge Afghanistan 2-1 at the Trivandrum International Stadium as the fans went into a frenzy and celebrated the special win.
It was star striker Sunil Chettri's goal in extra time that proved to be decisive as India scripted a stunning comeback against a spirited Afghanistan side.
Kohli was full of praise for the Indian team and took to Twitter to express his happiness with a special mention of Chettri's winner and then there was a delightful exchange of words between him and India's football captain.
@imVkohli Thank you skipper,I'm certain our boys won't need any extra time to get the job done in Australia.All the very best.
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 3, 2016
Zubayr Amiri (70th) had put Afghanistan in front before Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd) got India back in the game, and then Chhetri finally sealed the matter in first half of extra time.
The Indians thus avenged their 2-0 loss to the defending champions in the final of the last edition in Katmandu in 2013. Kohli is an avid follower of football and also co-owns ISL football team FC Goa.
With inputs from IANS