The Indian Premier League is a lethal combination of cricket and Entertainment . This year will be no different when the opening ceremony of the eighth season of IPL will be held on 7th April in Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally announced the big names from Bollywood that will grace the occasion. Thrown into the mix this year, are Bollywood stars Anushka Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor and music composer Pritam. Saif Ali Khan will be the host for the evening.
Only Shah Rukh Khan fans will be disappointed, as the team-owner of the defending champions will not be present. The opening ceremony will start from 7:30 pm in the evening, while the gates of the stadium will be thrown open at 5 pm. The event will also see all the eight captains of the IPL teams taking the pledge of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket. But the the head turner in the evening show is likely to be Anushka Sharma. The Bollywood actress and girlfriend of Virat Kohli, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team and vice- captain of India’s ODI team. The IPL opening ceremony had in the past saw actresses like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif glam up the show. Now Anushka seems to have upstaged them by bagging herself a role in the evening.
Gautam Gambhir, the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders—the triumphant team from last season—will put the IPL trophy back on display, formally opening the 2015 IPL season.