India Ka Tyohar’ Kicks off Post Starry Affair in Opening Ceremony in Kolkata

April 08 08:59 2015

gautam gambhirNew Delhi, Wednesday, April 8 – Two time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and one-time winners Mumbai Indians of the Indian Premier League are ready to kick off the new season. The fresh start is all set to grab eyeballs and give viewers a perfect dose of entertainment for a whole 3 hours a day. Since the action is to continue for 48 days, 60 matches will be played all in all, taking the excitement to another level.

After a the grand opening ceremony at Salt Lake stadium, which was jam-packed with hundreds and thousands of cricket fans, in Kolkata, participating eight teams will contest against each other according to the schedule to carry on fight to enter the next round. The event held a day ago amid enthusiastic crowd was a starry affair attended by Hrithik Roshan, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar and heartthrob of the nation Shahid Kapoor.

Rain failed to play spoilsport and dampen the spirit of supporters. The curtailed opening ceremony caught the eyes as expected since several Bollywood actors delivered a thrilling performance just a day prior to the eight edition of Indian Premier League. The superb opening on Tuesday night received round of applause and this proves the new season of the T20 is going to be a super hit show.

Skippers of the contesting 8 IPL teams namely Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were present at the opening ceremony. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Shane Watson and George Bailey’s presence made the difference. Fans cheered them all with unmatched energy and this sets the base to motivate all the squads of IPL 8 for a tad more than one and a half months.

Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, highest scorer of 2014 Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Morne Morkel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Andre Russell, Manvinder Bisla, Patrick Cummins, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Vaibhav Rawal, Sheldon Jackson, Azhar Mahmood, Sumit Narwal, Aditya Garwal, KC Cariappa, Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Singh Yadav and others spent much time on the field to hold expertise in batting, bowling and fielding. Since they are the defending champions, confidence of KKR is high. However, eyes can’t be closed to the truth that pressure to perform well is up too.

Rohit Sharma will lead MI. having Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Pragyan Ojha, Marchant De Lange, Lendl Simmons, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Pawan Suyal, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Shreyas Gopal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kieron Pollard, Abhimanyu Mithun, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchitch, Unmukt Chand, Siddhesh Lad, Pawan Suyal, Vinay Kumar, Corey Anderson and a few other cricketers will keep the momentum of Mumbai Indians at peak. In view of the fact that the talented Shane Bond is appointed as the bowling coach of MI, huge improvement can be seen in the team’s bowling attack. The men in blue caps look for a positive start which could help them once again fulfill their dream of lifting the trophy as they did in 2013.

Since KKR and MI are to kick start IPL 2015 today, nothing less than entertaining contest is anticipated as it is the perfect time to utilize the stage and opportunity to showcase best batting, fielding and bowling styles. The T20 fever gripped fans and no wonder if Eden Gardens gets crowded in the opener. The defending champions KKR have the benefit of playing in front of home crowd on April 8 but MI are certain to negate this advantage. Toss will be important on Wednesday as it used to be in each game. Preparations are done to host the ‘soon to be played’ match. The wait for the exciting cricket festival begins today.

Twenty20 cricket match has trimmed down the distance between players of different countries and they get familiar with different work ethics. The teams dressed in colorful shirts gear up to perform to the best of their abilities. Display of immense potential and strength by a number of cricketers will be done. The countdown has begun for Indian Premier League. With only some hours more to go for the IPL action, audience can’t wait to witness batsmen hitting biggies and often sending the ball into the fences, bowlers taking quick wickets and fielders saving precious runs. The level of stress is huge on IPL 2014 winner but self-belief is gonna be a key to success. No matter who wins and who loses at the end, one thing is for sure that is several immaculate performances on the pitch in the midst of massive crowd.

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