The fancy props, drum rolls, star studded Bollywood performances, more than a hundred supporting artists and a whopping audience share marked the opening ceremony of the much-awaited IPL season 2018 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, the same venue that hosted last year’s IPL final. The current eleventh season of the Indian Premiere League, also known as IPL 11, scheduled from 7 April to 27 may 2018 kicked off with mesmerising performances from top Bollywood stars and a musical extravaganza from Mika Singh that kept the audience going. The two-and-a-half-hour long glittering opening ceremony saw a starry line-up with Bollywood biggies like Hrithik Roshan, Varun Dhawan, Jacquelin Fernandez, Prabhu Deva, Tamannah Bhatia gracing the stage with some of their popular hits and Mika Singh singing his latest chartbusters provided a cricketing and entertainment spectacle no different than the previous seasons.
Along with other Bollywood stars this year, Ranveer Singh was also expected to entertain the cricket fans at Wankhade and around the globe with his performance. However, a shoulder injury a week before forced him to withdraw from the event. Like Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra too was scheduled to perform at this year’s IPL opening ceremony. However, owing to her pre-committed endorsement commitments and non-stop shooting schedule made her withdraw from performing in front of the live audience.
The IPL season 11 also saw the return of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals after serving two years of suspension for the involvement of their respective owners in the 2013 IPL betting case.
The season, that will last for 51 days, have the teams play a total of 60 matches across nine venues in IPL 2018.
All the IPL fans who have been swarming social media wanting to know more about their favourite teams and players, the match schedules and venues, here is the full match schedule of the IPL 11:
We have been hooked on IPL fantasy for about 11 years now. Indian Premiere League or the IPL is born from the commitment to entertain cricket fans and unearth new talent across the globe, predominantly in India. The IPL ever since its inception, have been in the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent. Short, quick experience of what is called the Gentleman’s game in a fashion not witnessed before is what makes IPL the most followed league tournament today.
Here you get to see your favorite players play who are finding it hard to make to the national side such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, bhajji etc. and you find legends such as Ponting, Sachin, Dravid, Warne etc mentoring the players. Hence, ‘all in one’ for a cricket frenzy! It becomes a treat to watch these players back in action. Moreover, the IPL is where Bollywood meets cricket. Cheerleaders, film stars, businessmen, drug busts, fights, fireworks, parties- no other league has more drama than the IPL. In short, IPL has brought in a revolution of cricket leagues world over.
So, all you cricket fans out there, what are your reasons that justify your love for this celebration of cricket?