The Indian Premier League (IPL) will have its opening ceremony for the first time after 2018. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned to host a grand opening ceremony in Ahmedabad. The ceremony is organized on March 31 ahead of the season opening match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings.
GT vs CSK:
Gujarat Titans (GT) shocked everyone by winning the IPL 2022 title in their debut season. It was mainly due to the excellent captaincy of Hardik Pandya. The debutant team played delightfully with players like Mohammed Shami, David Miller, Rashid Khan and Rahul Tewatia emerging as stars for GT.
Whereas IPL 2022 was not at all a good season for the four-time champions CSK as they finished in the ninth spot. Ravindra Jadeja failed to handle the team as a skipper. With Jadeja leaving his spot midway, it was again MS Dhoni who took as his responsibility. However, it was too late as CSK managed to finish just above MI in a disappointing season.
MS Dhoni shall one be the skipper for CSK as reports claim that he can retire after IPL 2023.
The opening ceremonies of IPL have always been a star-studded one since its inception in 2008. These ceremonies have featured performances by big celebrities like Salman Khan, Pitbull, Shah Rukh Khan, Akon, Shriya Saran, and Katrina Kaif too.
However, there has been no IPL opening ceremony since 2018. In 2019, the IPL Governing Committee and BCCI decided to cancel the opening event and donate the funds gathered to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in Pulwama attack.
The fact that the IPL has returned to a home-and-away format after 2 years disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremony is expected to feature a number of celebrities. However, the captains of all ten IPL franchises will supposedly not attend the opening ceremony. But all of the franchise captains gathered on Wednesday for a mandatory captain’s meeting in Ahmedabad. Here are the details about opening ceremony of TATA IPL 2023:
When is IPL’s Opening Ceremony?
The IPL 2023’s opening ceremony will be held on Friday, March 31. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm IST. The opening ceremony will start at 12:30 pm as per GMT on March 31.
Where is the IPL Opening Ceremony 2023?
The IPL opening ceremony will be taking place at the Narendra Modi Stadium of the Sardar Patel Sports Enclave located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This stadium is the world’s largest cricket stadium. For the first time in the tournament’s history, even more than 1 lakh fans will attend this opening ceremony.
Which celebrities will be performing in IPL 2023 Opening Ceremony?
The IPL committee has officially announced that actress Tamannah Bhatia will be performing at the grand stage. Tamannah has been a part of many Bollywood movies. Also, she is an extremely well-known personality in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. She made her debut in the year 2005. Moreover, she was also part of the famous Bahubali franchise which is directed by SS Rajamouli. Apart from her singer, Arijit Singh is confirmed by the committee. Arijit will make this evening more special with his brilliant songs.
Reports in local media houses have stated some big names like Katrina Kaif, Tiger Shroff and Rashmika Mandanna too. But till now none of them is confirmed by IPL committee till now.
Where to watch IPL 2023 Opening Ceremony?
For the first time after 2018, two different broadcasters will telecast this IPL opening event. On cable TV, the opening ceremony will be streamed live on following channels:
- Star Sports 1
- Star Sports 1 HD
- Star Sports 1 Hindi
- Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
- Star Sports 1 Tamil
- Star Sports 1 Tamil
- Star Sports 1 Telugu and
- Star Sports 1 Kannada.
The network may add a few more regional channels to this list as well. Fans can see the opening ceremony even for free on the Jio Cinema website and its application.
Special drone show:
With the TATA IPL 2023 being just one day away, the tournament committee is already doing very much to make this opening ceremony even more grand now. Now, it has took one step further as it has confirmed about the drone light show at the opening ceremony. The drones will show the images of the maiden IPL trophy. Also, the logos of the IPL teams, i.e. logos of season openers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) will be displayed at the ceremony. Following the ceremony will be the season opening match. Earlier the drone show was showcased at the auspicious occasion of Republic Day this year. Now with this show , the sky is going to be lit up gracefully by the drones.
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