The IPL 2016 opening ceremony was a glitzy affair with high octane performance by the Big Whigs of Bollywood. It also included of West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo’s smash-hit rap ‘Champion dance’.

The ninth edition of IPL kicked off on Friday and the opening ceremony of two hours and fifteen minutes was a subdued affair probably because Maharashtra State, which is facing the worst drought of the recent times and there was widespread criticism for IPL being held in the state.

However, the cine stars managed to put out a spirited performance and enthralled the large gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium at the National Sports Club of India.

The opening ceremony was attended by the top echelons of BCCI, Franchise team owners, players and support staff of the eight participating teams. Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Punjabi rapper.

According to the organizers of the mega event, special technology was imported from China to make the opening ceremony a sight to watch.

In the first fixture, Mumbai Indians will play Rising Pune Supergiants.
• Scheduled to start at 8 pm IST
• Sony Max, Sony Six /HD, Sony ESPN / HD will live telecast the T20 match in India with Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali commentary.
• Sky Sports 3 will telecast for the audiences of the UK
• ESPN 3 will broadcast it In the USA, and Sportsnet will do the same in Canada.
• OSN Sports Cricket will telecast live for viewers living in the Middle East and North Africa

Watch IPL live stream on Star Sports website here.

The opening ceremony was attended by the top echelons of BCCI, Franchise team owners, players and support staff of the eight participating teams. Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, enamored the audience with their spirited performance.

The motley crowd broke into a loud cheer when Bravo’s much-anticipated ‘champions dance’ was rendered. Fellow cricketers and crowd cheered Bravo, a key element of the West Indies World Twenty20 winning team and swayed to his ‘Champion dance’.

IPL has graduated from an Indian event to a world event, and this was amply clear in the opening ceremony which was broadcast live across 32 countries live. The opening ceremony also featured mega pop star Chris Brown will make his debut in India with some stiff competition from

The opening ceremony also featured mega pop star Chris Brown will make his debut in India with some stiff competition from Yo Yo Honey Singh.

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