Ready to ride with Knights

For the Ghoshes of Santragachhi, IPL-6 began on Friday. When it comes to the IPL it's the thrill that counts and just queuing up at the Mohammedan Sporting ground on Friday for tickets to the April 3 opener was a thrill in itself.

"We generally come to Calcutta for a couple of IPL matches every year. We also come together to buy the tickets before that as we love the atmosphere around the Eden Gardens," smiled homemaker Tanushree.

Son Sourjadeep, a die-hard KKR fan, is gearing up for the first home match against the Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday. "I will also come for the Mumbai Indians game and try to make it for the match with Chennai Super Kings," said the Class VI student who also swears by M.S. Dhoni.

Papa S.K. Ghosh is happy that this time IPL loyalties won't be divided at the all-SRK home. Last year, wife Tanushree was rooting for Pune Warriors India because of a certain Sourav Ganguly!

Of the 67,000-odd seats at Eden, 35,000 are being sold over the counter at the Mohammedan Sporting ground and 23 other venues in the city. The 15,000 tickets available online for the first match have been sold out, while the rest are complimentary. At the Mohammedan Sporting ground, tickets of denominations Rs 300, Rs 400 and Rs 1,000 were sold out on Friday with some Rs 500 and Rs 1,500 tickets still left.

But first, all eyes are on the gala IPL-6 opening at the Salt Lake stadium on the evening of April 2, for which across-the-counter ticket sales started on Friday after a round of online bookings.

"The response to the ticket sales is very good," said Venky Mysore, the CEO of KKR and Red Chillies Entertainment, which is in charge of organising the inauguration. "But since it's a very big stadium there are still quite a few more seats for which tickets are available. We are looking forward to a full stadium," he added.

The star cast to make it a full house? Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Pitbull.

So, better not go unprepared. And that would mean practising your moves to not just Pitbull's Don't Stop The Party but also Harlem Shake and Lat lag gayee as these tracks get ready to blare at the big bash.

DJ Girish, the official deejay for KKR, is busy pepping up his Korbo, lorbo, jeetbo re playlist as he prepares to take charge of the Salt Lake stadium console before the American rapper's performance. "Expect a Saturday night to be recreated on Tuesday. There's going to be freestyle music, top 20 Bollywood and commercial tracks, basically everything you hear on a Saturday night," says an excited Girish, who is "looking forward to meet Pitbull".

So what's the one thing he would shout out loud to Pitbull if he got the chance? Rap, er, pat comes the reply: "Mr 305, this is DJ G." (The American rapper is referred to as Mr 305 after his music label.)

The resident deejay of Shisha, the nightclub at 22 Camac Street, will also be in charge of the beats during the matches in Calcutta and Ranchi. "There will be special songs for when a KKR player hits a six or takes a wicket." Plus a stock of popular tracks and a few regional songs.

All to make IPL-6 the carnival it is meant to be for the likes of both Juhi Chawla and Tanushree Ghosh.

"I am coming to Calcutta on April 2, the day of the inauguration," Juhi told Metro.

The co-owner of KKR has never been to the Salt Lake stadium and on being told that it has a larger capacity than the Eden Gardens and regularly draws 80,000 football fans for big matches, the actress said: "Oh my God! What are you saying? I have always heard cricket and football are big in Bengal but I had no idea football was this big. That's so sporting of people and so sweet. I can only marvel at their level of enthusiasm and the wonderful spirit they come with to watch sports."


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