Cricket's love-affair with Bollywood turns seven this year!
A day before the Indian Premier League 2014 officially started, cricketers and celebrities rubbed shoulders, shook a leg and strummed guitars in Abu Dhabi.
Here's a look at some of the exciting 'off-field highlights' from the party.
Delhi Daredevils' skipper Kevin Pietersen (left) is seen doing the 'lungi dance'!(Image courtesy BCCI)
India and Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is to cricket what superstar Shah Rukh Khan is to Bollywood. So, when the two took to the stage, it was a power-packed partnership!
Dhoni is seen enacting a role from his favourite SRK movie. (Image courtesy BCCI)
The best of actresses have weak knees when they stand next to SRK. Dhoni is seen enacting just that as Deepika Padukone looks on. (Image courtesy BCCI)
SRK really does not need cricketing icons to captivate the audience. He danced to some of his popular numbers and got a rousing reception from players, their families and officials present. (Image courtesy BCCI)
It was, however, the confluence of cricket and ,filmy moves. SRK therefore was also seen teaching some of those very moves to Rajasthan Royals' skipper Shane Watson. (Image courtesy BCCI)
Just when it looked like Watson was wobbly in his stance, the Aussie turned the tables and invited SRK to sing as he gripped his guitar on stage. (Image courtesy BCCI)
SRK may be known for his acting but it looks here that Watson found his singing voice a little bit too funny! (Image courtesy BCCI)
Speaking of fun, the best moment of the evening though was perhaps when SRK asked Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli to pick his maiden from a list of placards. (Image courtesy BCCI)
Rumoured to be dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, Kohli chose her placard - a sign, a revelation or just surrendering to SRK's insistence? The jury is still out on that. (Image courtesy BCCI)
The night though was also lit up by the beautiful Deepika who danced her way into the hearts of all present.
All in all, it was a fun-filled night before the rigours of cricketing action spanning 45 days. (Image courtesy BCCI)
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