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Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Gautam Gambhir and Umesh Yadav have come out in support of the India blind cricket team ahead of the Blind Cricket World Cup 2017.

Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the cricketing arm of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, are organising the tournament from January 31 to February 12, 2017.

Kohli, the Indian captain, who has spent time with India’s blind cricket team beforewas one of some high-profile cricketers to appear in the side’s powerful anthem released on Saturday (January 28), alongside members of the blind cricket team, including Prakash Jayaramaiah, the wicketkeeper.

Shekhar Naik, the blind cricket captain, is Kohli’s fellow Padma award winner this year.

The video and song showcases the skills that the players, who use a special ball with ball bearings, bank on to play the sport.

Rahul Dravid too has lent his support for the tournament, for which he is the ambassador.

India are the defending champions, having won the inaugural edition in Bangalore in 2012. They also won the 40-over World Cup in Cape Town in 2014.

Apart from India, the others in the ten-team tournament are Australia, Bangladesh, England, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The first eight rounds of matches will be held in New Delhi, Faridabad, Indore, Mumbai, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, with the last round and the knockout matches taking place in Bangalore.