IPL 2015 kicked officially after a glittering opening ceremony last night at Kolkata’s Salt Lake stadium. There was a forecast of rain playing the spoil sport and it did look like a probability when it rained for well over couple of hours.
However, rain could not dampen the spirits of almost 100,000 peole present in the stadium and the thousands of performers waiting to take the stage by storm.
After a frustrating wait, the opening ceremony started off with the Nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan coming on to the stage and starting the grand event. IPL maintained its tradition of captains coming on the platform and taking the MCC spirit of cricket pledge.
Winning captain of the IPL 2014, Gautam Gambhir came on the podium and kept the trophy back which signaled the beginning of a 45-day grand event which is sure to take the entire nation by storm.
What followed next made everyone present in the stadium hold their breaths as the likes of Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar left the crowd spell-bounded from their amazing performances.
These all performances were astonishing but the loudest cheer of the night came when the showman Hrithik Roshan came on the stage and took the entire evening to a whole new level.
We bring to you some of the best images from last night’s IPL 2015 grand opening ceremony which has clearly paved the way for a great 45-days of action ahead filled exciting cricket and rich entertainment.
Nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan was the host for the night
Rain threatened to spoil the Gala evening
Captains took the MCC Spirit of the Cricket pledge and kicked off the event
Shahid Kapoor made his grand entry on a bike
Shahid kapoor was the first performer of the ceremony and he was electric
Anushka Sharma left everyone amazed with her moves
Despite the recent controversy surrounding Anushka, she was at her best
Farhan Akhtar is indeed one of the most talented man in Bollywood
and with his performance he showed us just what is really capable of
Newly appointed IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla was in attendance as well
So was the Prince of Kolkata and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly
Hrithik and Anushka sharing a moment on stage
Hrithik Roshan brought the house down with his amazing moves
IPL 2015 Opening Ceremony ended with fireworks
Image Courtesy: BCCI