2015 IPL opening ceremony to be a star-studded affair

Kolkata: Bollywood stars Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Pritam and Hrithik Roshan are all set to light up the stage at the 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) Opening Ceremony at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Tuesday.

Anushka is the girlfriend of India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, who will also lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan
(Clockwise from top) Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan

Anushka witnessed the India vs Australia ICC World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on
March 26 when India lost by 95 runs. According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) release, the entertainers will come together to mark the start of the eighth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 league with the evening’s proceedings being hosted by actor Saif Ali Khan.

Spirit of cricket
All eight team captains will be present to take the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket pledge. Gautam Gambhir, captain of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, will put the trophy back in play, signalling the start of the 2015 season.

The two-hour show will start at 7:30 p.m. and the gates of the venue will open at 5:00 pm. Tickets for the opening ceremony can be purchased online at

The programme will be telecast live on Sony Max and Sony Six and will also be streamed on mobile app Hotstar.

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