Bhaichung Bhutia
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Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday said the current national team is heavily dependent on Sunil Chhetri.

Bhutia’s claim about Chhetri holds true as the national team played a 1-1 draw friendly practice match on Wednesday with the Northeast United FC in Guwahati.

Chhetri scored the only goal against Northeast United FC in Guwahati.

The retired footballer from Sikkim said the other players score goals, and especially the FIFA World Cup qualifier match on October 15 against Bangladesh in Kolkata is crucial.

Bhutia said the strikers need to deliver on October 15 in Kolkata, and the Bangladesh game is going to be a big test.

At present, Bangladesh is ranked 187th, while India is ranked 104.

The former football captain said India’s defence was good in the match against Qatar, and scoring goals can only make India win matches.

India lost 1-2 against Oman in the Group E opening clash in Guwahati. India needs to beat Bangladesh to keep hopes alive for qualifying for the next round.

Bhutia said India should have easily won the last two games if the strikers could have scored goals.

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