Glitzy Opening Ceremony Kick-Starts IPL 2016

A glitzy ceremony at National Sports Club of India in Mumbai kick-started the ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Bollywood stars were aplenty, as were the international ones as they dazzled the audience with their entertaining performances.

Co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab Preity Zinta was also present. Donning a gorgeous red dress, Preity stole the thunder on Friday. She said that she is excited for the new season of IPL and would like her team, KXIP, to win the trophy this time around.
Preity Zinta

Jacqueline Fernandez was the first on stage as she entertained the audience by grooving to several Bollywood dance numbers


Katrina Kaif got loud cheers for her performance and the audience cheered her for her moves.

Preity Zinta
Dwayne Bravo took over the stage from the Bollywood stars and performed his ‘champion dance’ and the crowd seemed to enjoy it. While singer Ankit Tiwari provided an Indian touch to the Champion song soon after.

Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh was in his new look but still had the magic of old as he made his presence felt with a performance on his superhit numbers.

Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh made 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 period towards the close.
Ranveer Singh

Ravi Shastri was holding the mic again, anchoring the MCC Spirit of Cricket segment. The eight captains (in the order of: Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, David Miller, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, David Warner and Rohit Sharma) came on to the stage to sign the pledge to ‘play hard, play fair and uphold the spirit of the game’.


Major Lazer, the American electronic music group, brought the opening night to a close with their extravagant performance along with Shweta Pandit.

But social media had a very different; a very real take of the opening ceremony. Here are 10 tweets that best described the whole ceremony.

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