I just have to be good example for players: Sunil Chhetri

Looking to lead by example, star striker Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said the Indian football team is "fit and hungry" going into its opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, against Oman.

The 103-ranked India will begin their campaign on Thursday at what is expected to be a packed Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

Chhetri, one of international football's leading scorers, said at the pre-match conference, "There is a great eagerness in the team and one really feel the pulse of excitement among the boys. We are really looking forward to the game.

"We had a great training camp and everyone in the team is fit and hungry. The players are gelling well and responding to what the coach expects from them."

The talisman has so far scored 71 goals in 111 appearances for the Blue Tigers.

Despite a majority of the players being young, the veteran said all are "well aware" of what is expected of them.

"It is a young team, but I don't have to talk to them once. Each player is well aware of what is expected of him and the coach speaks whatever is needed. I just have to be a good example for the players and will keep doing so whenever I am here," he said.