The opening ceremony of Vivo IPL season 9 was held on 8th April 2016, Friday at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. It was a grand opening night of Indian Premier League 2016. A lot of Bollywood celebrities and cricket stars were present at the opening ceremony of Vivo IPL season 9.
Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh gave performances in opening night of IPL 2016. The grand night was attended by the BCCI top brass, franchise team owners, players and support staff of IPL. The West Indies cricketer DJ Bravo gave performance on his “Champion” song.
Bravo looked dapper in white blazer and black trousers. DJ Bravo also danced on another song “Chalo Chalo” and was joined on the stage by Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tewari. Ankit had sung the Indian version of “Champion”. It was “Hindustan me bade bade Champion…”
The captions of eight teams took the MCC Sprit of Cricket pledge one by one at the opening night of Vivo IPL Season 9. Zaheer Khan (Delhi Daredevils), Suresh Raina (Gujarat Lions), David Miller (Kings XI Punjab), Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Rising Pune Supergiants), Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians). These are the captions of eight teams of IPL 9.
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur joined the skippers on the stage. The former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri invited all the captains of eight teams on the stage to take the MCC’s Spirit of Cricket pledge.
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said that, “On behalf of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) I would like to welcome all for the IPL opening ceremony. IPL 9 will be better and best compared to other editions. IPL is not about just entertainment… it is about cricket all the way. Like the league has brought up young talents, this year will also do so. We will do all is needed to help the Maharashtra farmers and do everything in their interest.”
Then after Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez gave performance on her famous songs “Yaar Na Mile Te Mar Jawan”, “Party On My Mind” and “Sooraj Dooba Hain” along with dancers. Then after talented Kings United group and the dancers group from Nalasopara here showcased their skills and body flexibility to have the crowd mesmerised.
Then Katrina Kaif burned the dance floor with the songs “Dhoom 3”, “Bang Bang” and “Afghan Jalebi Yaa Baba” along with dancers. The Indian Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh entertained the crowd by sung his famous songs “Mai Tere Laila O Mere Laila”, “Dum Dum Bum Bum”, “Love Dose”, “Kudi Da” and “Char Bottle Wodka”.
In the last performance was performed by heart throb Ranveer Singh. Ranveer danced on “Tattad Tattad”, “Tune Mari Entriyaan” and “Malhari”. After Ranveer’s performance he invited the All of artists including Yo Yo, Jacqueline, Katrina and DJ Bravo on the stage. Then they all danced together on Bravo’s song “Champion”.
The last performance of the opening night was by American singer Chris Brown, who sang his heart out to make the evening a memorable one for the large number of fans and crowd gathered at the venue and seeing it from elsewhere. So it was a grand opening night of Vivo IPL Season 9.
The first match of IPL 9 will be played on 9th April 2016, today between Mumbai Indians and new team Rising Pune Supergiants.
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