City catches World Cup fever

City catches World Cup fever

City Youth Congress unit conducted a signature campaign, wishing Team India good luck on Friday. DH photo

From special poojas to signature campaigns and from lottery competitions to soaring demand for tickets to the India vs England game on February 27, the hype surrounding ICC World Cup 2011 seems to have caught on in the City.

With just a day to go before the inaugural match featuring Team India and Bangladesh, the City has seen a spurt in activities surrounding the fans’ fond wish to see India regain the cup after 28 years.

The Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee on Friday hosted a special pooja in Mahalakshmi Layout for encouraging the Men in Blue to win emulate their predecessors of the the 1983 batch.

Led by party spokesperson B S Ugrappa and  Mahalakshmi Layout MLA N L Narendra Babu, Youth Congress workers bought flowers worth Rs 5,000 to deck up the Anjaneya Swami temple and give offerings for seeking divine intervention to help India win the coveted cup.

That apart, signature campaigns are being witnessed in the City with more and more people joining hands on the virtual network to support Team India in their conquest on home ground to win the World Cup.

A few IT companies across the city are trying their best to garner as many tickets possible to facilitate their employees to witness the India games in the City.

Tickets seem to be going abegging for the Ireland game, while the demand for tickets to the more important game against England has reached a feverish pitch. Many corporate offices are buying new big screen television sets and set top boxes to enable their employees to view the matches being held in City, more to ensure that they do not bunk office to go to the KSCA stadium.