On Wednesday, the International Council (ICC) unveiled the official anthem for the upcoming World Cup 2023, set to commence in India on October 5. Titled ‘Dil Jashn Bole,’ this anthem features Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh in a leading role and boasts music crafted by Pritam, a renowned composer in the Bollywood industry.
Notably, the anthem also showcases choreographer Dhanashree Verma, who happens to be the wife of Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The anthem, which runs for three minutes and twenty-two seconds, takes viewers on a virtual journey through India aboard the ‘One Day Express’ train.
Ranveer Singh, expressing his thoughts on the anthem launch, commented, “As a member of the Star Sports family and a passionate cricket enthusiast, it is a true privilege for me to be part of this anthem launch for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. It signifies a celebration of the sport we all hold dear.”
Music composer Pritam conveyed that the song aims to extend a warm invitation to the world to come and partake in the cricket extravaganza. He stated, “Cricket is India’s greatest passion, and composing ‘Dil Jashn Bole’ for the grandest World Cup ever has been a tremendous honor for me. This song isn’t just for India’s 1.4 billion cricket fans but for the entire world to come to India and be a part of this monumental celebration.”
The ICC described the music video as encapsulating the emotions of the global fan community, bringing together nations and fans from diverse cultures. This fan-centric anthem represents a grand celebration, designed to resonate with hearts and ignite spirits. It embodies the World Cup, merging India’s unique cricket fervor with the national pride of all participating countries, creating an unparalleled global sporting event.
However, despite the ICC’s efforts, the song faced criticism from fans on social media for not capturing the essence of cricket fans as effectively as previous anthems, such as the ones from the 2011 and 2015 editions. The 2011 World Cup anthem, “De Ghumake,” was composed by Shankar Mahadevan.