The Indian captain has played four games with Bangladesh in the past…
On Monday, India will face Bangladesh in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup at the Jasim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
This will be the fifth time India’s ace forward Sunil Chetri has faced Enid in his brilliant and long international career.
Chetri became the most scoring scorer in Indian history with 72 goals. In the past, he has only played against Bangladesh 4 times and scored 3 goals.
The last time the talisman forward hit a goal in the Blue Tigers game against Bangladesh was in the 2014 international friendly in Goa, where he scored twice with a 2-2 tie.
The previous confrontation between India and Bangladesh was in the 2019 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The game ended in a 1-1 draw at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
All Sunil Chhetri’s goals and matches against Bangladesh
|September 3, 2013||SAFF Championship||Kathmandu||Bangladesh 1-1 India||1|
|March 5, 2014||International friendly||Goa||Bangladesh 2-2 India||2|
|August 20, 2007||Nehru Cup||New Delhi||India 1-0 Bangladesh||0|
|October 15, 2019||2022 World Cup Qualifiers||Calcutta||India 1-1 Bangladesh||0|
How does India perform in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers?
The Indian team lost to Oman by a narrow margin of 2-1 at home and began their World Cup qualifiers, followed by a historic goalless draw with the Asian champions Qatar in Doha. In their third and fourth games, the Blue Tigers drew 1-1 with Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and then beat Oman 1-0 in the away game.
They resumed their campaign against Qatar on June 3, and subsequently fought Bangladesh and Afghanistan on June 7 and 15. All matches of the Indian team are hosted by Qatar.
What if India gets fourth or fifth?
If India finishes fourth, then if they rank third among the four best teams in all groups, they are also eligible to participate in the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers. The remaining four fourth-ranked teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifiers play-offs.
If India ranks fifth in the standings, then they will have to participate in the Asian Cup qualifiers play-offs.
What is the next step for the Indian national team?
India is scheduled to face Bangladesh on Monday, June 7, and will end their campaign against Afghanistan on June 15. India’s current goal is to finish third in Group E and avoid the play-offs to enter the Asian Cup qualifiers.