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Virat Kohli turns rapper, dances to AR Rahman's tunes for Premier Futsal

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

India's Test captain Virat Kohli might have been away from the field following an impressive Indian Premier League (IPL) season, but the dashing batsmen is busy taking new challenges and exploring different aspects other than cricket.

Having shared the dance floor with his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammates in the IPL after-parties, the aggressive right-handed batsman has made full use of his experience to shake a leg and sing alongside Indian music maestro AR Rahman.

The Delhi lad sang and danced for the official anthem of the Premier Futsal League with Rahman - who composed the song. A sneak-peek video of the official anthem 'Naam hai Futsal' was shared on social media and has already grabbed more than just a few eyeballs.

Futsal, a shorter and quicker version of football, will make its debut in India with eight franchises - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru - participating in the inaugural season, scheduled to begin from 15 July.

Already a popular sport in Europe and South America, Futsal features five-a-side matches that are generally played indoors. But, despite its popularity overseas, the Premier Futsal League ran into some legal trouble with the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

During its launch in May, the AIFF labelled the Futsal Association of India (FAI) as an unrecognised body and asked its affiliated members not to cooperate with the league. The tournament is not sanctioned by the AIFF and also lacks the approval of the Asian Football Confederation.

"The AIFF is the governing body for all forms of football, including futsal, in India and we will be announcing our plans, in relation to futsal, in due course," AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said in a letter addressed to state associations in June.

"This is to bring to your notice that AIFF is not involved with the proposed Premier Futsal League, the news of launch of which has been making rounds in media in the recent past. The competition is neither sanctioned by AIFF nor is organised under the aegis of the AIFF," he added.

However, the league has already started attracting marquee players including some of the former football greats. Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has signed a marquee deal to play for the next three editions of Premier Futsal.

First published: 25 June 2016, 2:39 IST