Shining balls and gleaming willows
A quick recap of the Indian Premier League. 1. Glamour, 2. Cricket and 3. More glamour. A look at what and who made the first three editions of IPL, a highly followed event the world over. (This is besides the cricket itself!
A quick recap of the Indian Premier League. 1. Glamour, 2. Cricket and 3. More glamour. A look at what and who made the first three editions of IPL, a highly followed event the world over. (This is besides the cricket itself!) (Images: Agencies)
Parties have been a corollary of IPL since its inception. Yuvraj Singh here is seen at one such event with model Aanchal Kumar and a friend. Entry tickets to these events have reportedly ranged upwards of Rs 30,000 pp.
Opening ceremonies were marked by Bollywood celebrities gracing the stage with their performances. Now even those who like their cricket clean, would not have blinked much once Katrina Kaif began her show in one such ceremony.
If one is here, the others can never really be too far behind. Deepika Padukone performs at another event and had spectators as well as the audience on television, mesmerised.
If maidens perform, the heroes do stunts. This was pretty much the idea when Akshay Kumar, seen here with Preity Zinta, did a few stunts before the opening match of IPL 2008.
Post match presentations too had stars gracing the podium. The event itself though seemed to have something that would interest all. Whether it's the stars like Juhi Chawla, seen here with Shahrukh Khan or known faces from the fashion industry.
Mehr Jassia too registered her presence at an awards function though she seems a little bored with Lalit Modi in this photo. The event itself though was keenly followed by fans the world over.
Mehr's better half in Arjun Rampal though seems deep in conversation as he shares a word with Modi. Rampal was also seen supporting Kolkata Knight Riders in many of the team's matches in the previous years.
The real flavour of off-field IPL extravaganza was to see cricketers strike a pose. And if it is with silver screen celebrities, it would make for a perfect photo-op as is clear with Yuvraj again, this time with Neha Dhupia and Mughda Godse. All in all, much too look forward to, once IPL kicks off again.