Chak de for India, Waka waka for SA and Jacko for Pak
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From Bob Marley's classic Stir It Up to India's popular stadium chant Chak De India, the turntables at the 13 World Cup venues have been churning out a lot of music. But there are no DJs choosing the match-day music. It is the teams who have handpicked the songs they want to hear at key moments in the game — when the captains walk out for the toss, when a wicket falls, or when the ball crosses the fence.
For the Indians, choosing Chak De India wasn't tough. The song from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer was repeatedly played in the dressing room when India won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007. Since then, it has become the unofficial theme song of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side.
Arch-rivals Pakistan have looked westward. Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, Beastie Boys' (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) and Tina Turner's Simply The Best resound in the ground when Shahid Afridi's men are out there.
Defending champions Australia have picked Land Down Under by the 1983 Grammy-winning Australian band Men at Work, over Under the Southern Cross I Stand, their traditional victory song played during the Ashes.
"Land Down Under is one of the songs that have been associated with victorious Australian dressing rooms," said Lachy Patterson, Australia media manager. "It is a track the boys relate to and enjoy."
England have picked American alternative rock group Janes Addiction's Superman, Example's Kickstart and Alexis Jordan's Happiness. "James Anderson and Graham Swann are really into music, so the team just left it to them to select the songs," said James Avery, the England team's communication officer.
The South Africans have gone for Waka waka, Shakira's superhit FIFA World Cup song, while the West Indies are grooving to Rihanna and Red Plastic Bag.
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