The anthem, titled "Naam hai Futsal", will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli © AFP
The anthem, titled “Naam hai Futsal”, will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli © AFP

Chennai: Musical maestro AR Rahman and India‘s swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli will join forces to compose the official anthem for the inaugural season of the star-studded Premier Futsal League. This will be for the first time when the Oscar Award-winning composer is lending his musical genius to a franchise-based sport league in the country. Commenting on the same, Rahman said,”I’m proud to associate with Premier Futsal for the league’s official anthem. It makes me happy to see such young entrepreneurs being passionate about the sporting scenario of the country and I wish them all the success in this venture. I’m especially excited to work with Virat Kohli on this, let’s hope he is as good with his melody as he is with his bat!” VIDEO: Yuvraj Singh loses temper as media asks about Virat Kohli’s captaincy

Kohli, who is the league ambassador of Premier Futsal, said, “I have been a fan of A.R Rahman for years. It will be a personal achievement and also a privilege to share the screen with him and lend my voice to the anthem of Premier Futsal.” This high decibel marketing initiative from Premier Futsal, promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group, is aimed at creating awareness for the sport of Futsal and promoting the league ahead of its launch on July 15. Virat Kohli wishes Ajinkya Rahane ‘Happy Birthday’

“Our investor, Xavier Britto, has backed our vision and plans since the inception of this project. We are committed to leave no-stone unturned in our efforts to make Premier Futsal a big success. In line with this commitment, we are delighted to have partnered with the Mozart of Madras, Mr. Rahman, for our official anthem. It’s a very proud day for us. With our league ambassador Virat Kohli also featuring in the video, it could not be any better for us,” Dinesh Raj, Managing Director, Premier Futsal said. ‘Virat Kohli is like Novak Djokovic’

AMF Vice-president, Co-founder and President, FAI, Namdev S Shirgaonker said, “Premier Futsal will thrust the sport into the mainstream, which will be hugely beneficial for its growth and development in India. A. R. Rahman composing and singing the official anthem along with Virat Kohli will give the league a good start. FAI is proud of its association with the league.” VIDEO: When Virat Kohli embarrassed journalists by asking for permission to go to loo

The anthem, titled “Naam hai Futsal”, will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli. The video will be released in the week of June 20th exclusively via Premier Futsal’s digital platforms. The concept and production of the anthem have been done by DDB Mudra. AR Rahman’s association with Premier Futsal adds further gloss to the league, which already boasts Portugal football legend and former World Player of the Year Luis Figo as President.