Singer croons WC song as Kolkata gears up for Ind-NZ semifinal
Kolkata, July 8: A day ahead of India's World Cup semifinal clash against New Zealand, a city-based singer has composed a song for Virat Kohli and Co., encapsulating the euphoria surrounding the big-ticket clash in the City of Joy.
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Piloo Bhattacharya, who has previously composed songs on the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the U-17 World Cup which took place in India in 2017, has coined a number this time called "Jeetega India" for the Men In Blue who are striving to bring home their third World Cup title.
"The team has been doing really well this time and I have made songs previously as well for World Cups. We will all be watching the match tomorrow at the Lake Town Netaji Sports Club and this song will be played there," Bhattacharya told IANS.
The four-minute song along with a fervent video showing fans rooting for Team India has been sung by Madhuri Dey along with Bhattacharya.
India's journey in the World Cup taking place in England and Wales has so far been encouraging to say the least with Kohli and his wards topping the 10-team table by winning seven of the eight games they played. While their group game against New Zealand was washed out, India lost to pre-tournament favourites England.
India finished with 15 points and now get ready to take on the Kiwis who will aim to bounce back after succumbing to three successive defeats.
Meanwhile, cricket fever has gripped the City of Joy with local sports bars gearing up for a busy Tuesday evening where footfalls are expected to rise much above normal.
"We expect footfall to double tomorrow. We have made a special menu for the World Cup. We have a few sponsors as well. It will definitely be a very busy evening and we are prepared for it," Sujay Singh, corporate head of The Dugout, told IANS.
Office-goers will also look for excuses to skip work for the 3 p.m. start.
"The World Cup comes once in every four years. It's a semifinal and we don't want to miss a ball," an IT professional said.
While it remains to be seen whether India can reach the final, Kolkata is all charged up to soak in the atmosphere and celebrate the key World Cup clash.