Good Evening, शुभ संध्या! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of the grand opening ceremony of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 for Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. IPL tries to entertain the crowd with new features every year. This year’s attractions were the eight opening ceremonies at the eight venues. So far, Amy Jackson in Hyderabad, Riteish Deshmukh in Pune, Tiger Shroff in Rajkot, Disha Pathani and Harshdeep Kaur in Indore and Kriti Sanon and Benny Dayal in Bengaluru have performed in the ceremonies. Though the presentations were colourful, the concept seems not to have gone too well with the spectators, elongating the entire opening ceremony. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, Match 7 at Mumbai
Names like Parineeti Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan are likely to make appearance in the remaining opening ceremonies. With the ceremony at Wankhede, two more ceremonies remain – in Kolkata and Delhi as the teams are yet to play their first home matches. Apart from the stars adding glamour and glitz to the ceremonies, they include other performances based on the cultural heritage of the franchise of which the venue is the home ground. With eight different opening ceremonies, a larger number of spectators have been able to catch the ceremony live.
This year’s IPL will be crucial, as this will be the last mega T20 competition before the Champions Trophy 2016. This will be a great practice for the cricketers with all the world-class players gathering in one tournament. IPL has been the launch-pad for the talented domestic players as well and it will be a great chance for India to find the right bench strength for the gala event coming up.