Noel liked the version of 'Jaago Re', the inspirational song composed by well-known music director Kalyani Maulik for the movie based on 'The Men Within' so much, that he called me and asked if he could use it to inspire his wards - the Hyderabad team headed for the KSCA torunament. I checked with Ram and he said it was okay for Noel to use it at practice and so the CD made a small entry at the HCA nets. Since it was raining, they had the nets in the Jaisimha indoor academy. Venkatpathy, former Test cricketer and my old friend and younger brother, now the coach of the Hyderabad cricket team, liked the idea and it was fun to be at the nets while Mallik and his crew shot some footage.
Venkat was all game for a few sound bytes and was very vocal about liking the song as an inspirational one. Not just cricketers but even others will like it he said and it surely will be played in all street corners soon since it was so catchy. Noel said it was very inspirational to listen to it and decided to use it during practice sessions. Gajanand was equally vocal about his praise for the song. I noticed T. Suman, the popular Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers player enjoying the music. I asked him if he would like to give a couple of sound bytes and he said he was game. He said he liked the song and that it might be a good song to play in the dressing room before a match.
Watched the boys practice at the nets. They really looked good. I wondered how this team could go to the Plate in Ranji. Lots of work for Venkat and company. Maybe if they invite me for motivational talk, for me as well.
Anyway thanks Lachi (Venkatpathy), Noel, Gaz and Suman. I really think it sounds better than the Chak De song. Can't wait to see it on screen.