In Pictures: Glittering Opening Ceremony of IPL Season 9
Pictures from the opening ceremony of the ninth IPL 2016
A glitzy mix of Bollywood razzmatazz and high-octane performances, including that of West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo’s smash-hit rap Champion Dance, marked a glittering opening ceremony which set the ball rolling for the ninth edition of the IPL on Friday in Mumbai.
The two-hour-and-15-minute long event was less spectacular as compared to the previous editions but the cine stars still managed to put up an entertaining show, enthralling the gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium at the National Sports Club of India.
Like earlier opening ceremonies, the cricket segment was short and limited to only the oath-taking ceremony by the skippers of the eight teams. Indian team Director Ravi Shastri ushered the eight captains to sign the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge for fair play.
Zaheer Khan (Delhi Daredevils), Suresh Raina (Gujarat Lions), David Miller (Kings XI Punjab), Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Rising Pune Supergiants), Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) took the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge
IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla addressed the gathering in the presence of BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur. He said that BCCI was committed to contribute its part in addressing the issue of severe drought in many parts of Maharashtra in the wake of the criticism from several quarters, including a stinging observation by Bombay High Court.
The show began with the entry of Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez who performed to Yaar Na Mie Te Mar Jawa from the movie Kick and Sooraj Dooba from Roy. It was followed by an impressive performance by Kings United Group – world championship hip-hop bronze medallists – which added spice to the evening.
This was followed by Katrina Kaif’s performance.
And then DJ Bravo started with his international hit Champion.
Bravo also danced to another number Chalo Chalo and was joined on the stage by Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tewari who sang an Indian version of Champion -- Hindustan Mein Bade Bade Champion.
Celebs like Sanjay Dutt were present in the audience. And of course Preity Zinta.
Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh made his presence felt with a performance of his superhit numbers.
The stage was then set for Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh to make a grand entry by donning the cricket attire to the wild cheer of the crowd inside the stadium as he entertained them for a long time towards the close.
He asked everyone present at the arena to dance along with him on Galla Goodiyan from the 2015 blockbuster Dil Dhadakne Do and Malhari from Bajirao Mastani.
Ranveer concluded his performance with Tune Mari Entriyaan from his own film Gunde. He called back Katrina, Jacqueline, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Bravo on stage and they swayed to Champioin Dance once again.
The concluding performance was by the American dancehall reggae group Major Lazer, who made everyone get into the groove with Shweta Pandit singing along as the glamour-filled opening ceremony came to an end.
(With inputs from PTI)
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