Naam hai Futsal!’ — that’s what Virat Kohli will be crooning soon, as the cricketer prepares for his toughest challenge — singing to none other than A.R. Rahman’s music for the Premier Futsal League.
“I’m under more pressure than on the field as I’m sitting next to a person I hugely admire,” said the cricketer, “Many of my childhood memories have a connection to the tunes of this man. I know how to prepare for cricket, but I have no clue about a recording session.”
“During any cricket game, the only song that gets everyone together is Vande Maataram — the version Rahman composed,” said the cricketer, whose favourite singer is Arijit Singh, “Apart from the national anthem, that’s the only time you hear 50,000 people singing. I connect to that song in a special way as I get goosebumps hearing it.”
Futsal is a relatively new game to India and is a quicker form of football played by a five-member team indoors.
The Premier Futsal, which will kickstart from mid July and feature eight teams from across the country, is being promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group.