Mumbai: It’s about glitz, glamour and of course the ‘Champion Dance’ as Indian Premier League’s new season kicks off with a glittering opening ceremony tonight. The extravaganza will be held at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai.
It will be a mix of Bollywood tadka, with American singer Chris Brown and Major Lazer group adding some international flavour. And not to forget cricket’s own rapper Dwayne Bravo will also be in the mix performing his chartbuster ‘Champion’.
Bravo’s ‘Champion’ number is already a hit among cricket-loving fans in India and now the West Indian all-rounder is set to perform his smash-hit rap at the opening ceremony.
The West Indies all-rounder was in Chennai a couple of days ago for a promotional event in which he once again danced to his chartbuster tune. Bravo said he missed his former club Chennai Super Kings and that there can never be another franchise like CSK. Bravo also requested the cricket fans in Chennai to support his new franchise Gujarat Lions, which has retained five players who had played for the Chennai-based club last season.
“Dwayne Bravo is performing on Champion Dance during the opening ceremony of IPL-9 in Mumbai. His performance will be the special attraction and there might be a few more West Indies cricketers, who will perform alongside Bravo,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla was quoted as saying.
Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Katrina Kaif and Yo Yo Honey Singh will set the stage on fire on the eve of the opener between MS Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants and defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Ranveer has promised that his act will honour the spirit of cricket and victory and he wants to dedicate the performance to all the cricket fans across the world. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline’s act will focus on the intensity and the determination of the players.
The ceremony would also see 200 dancers and mass cast performers and a huge number of folk artists and percussionists.
The ninth edition of the IPL will miss two of its most popular teams – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – after both the teams were suspended for two seasons for corruption in spot-fixing and betting scandal. They have been replaced by two new franchisees – Rising Pune Supergiants and Rajkot-based Gujarat Lions.
The franchise-based competition will, however, see eight teams clash in 60 matches at 10 different venues across the country, with final match taking place in Mumbai on May 29.