India is famous for Bollywood, Food and Cricket. And if you’re from one of the several cricketing nations, you might in all probability share these passions as well. If you love Cricket, and Indian cuisine, then this is definitely a great time to be in India.
In India, IPL is celebrated like a festival that unites India once a year and brings families, friends and colleagues together to enjoy the spirit of cricketainment.
The tournament is also a great money-spinner (despite controversies); the recently concluded season generated about Rs 2,500 crore (in overall revenue). The amount includes revenues from advertisements, team sponsorship, on-ground sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandising (TV advertisements formed the major chunk).
As per a report on Economic Times, Sony Pictures (Official broadcaster) made around Rs 1,100 crore, the eight IPL franchisees together earned Rs 200-230 crore from sponsors, The Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) made Rs 220-250 crore from on-ground sponsorships, whereas Hotstar, the digital rights holder, got around Rs 40 crore, according to media buyers.
IPL 2016: Cricket & Bollywood Stars Set the Stage on Fire
The opening ceremony of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 was held at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli on April 8, with several Bollywood stars making their presence felt.
Bollywood and international stars including Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandes, Katrina Kaif, Yo Yo Honey Singh along with American singer Chris Brown (best known for his hit tracks ‘Loyal’ and ‘With You’) and musical group Major Lazer took part in the opening event.
As is seen in most events, it was Ranveer Singh who was the star performer, gyrating to songs like Vaat lavli from Bajirao Mastani, Tune Maari Entriyaan from Gunday, Gallan Goodiyan from Dil Dhadakne Do.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 8, 2016
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 8, 2016
Opportunity for foreign Players to explore Incredible India
For most foreign players, the IPL provides not only an opportunity to play some exciting cricket (and also to earn some good moolah), it also lets them (and their families) explore India.
“From Kolkatta to Mumbai and Delhi to Chennai, tasting street food, visiting temples, scouting for spices and saris, international cricketers and their families are increasingly using the IPL to discover the real India”.
And with matches played even in the smaller cities, they do get to see the far-off places as well in India, something that even most Indians haven’t seen yet.
Those who have been in India longer never tire of their everyday discoveries, the new entrants do start with apprehensions but do manage to feel at home before long.
Best fielder of all time, ‘Jonty Rhodes’ names daughter ‘India’
Former South Africa cricketer (the best fielder that the game of cricket has ever seen) and current Mumbai Indians fielding coach Jonty Rhodes loves India so much that Jonty and wife Melanie have named their new born baby girl ‘India’.
Jonty Rhodes has spent a lot of time in India and feels that this is his second home. He loves India because its very spiritual, with a rich mix of culture and heritage, and at the same time its also a very forward-thinking country. These are also the reasons because of which he chose to name his daughter ‘India’.
AB De Villiers proposes to girl-friend in front of the Taj Mahal
The most destructive batsman in the world today ‘AB De Villiers’ showed his romantic side in 2011 when, in front of the Taj Mahal, he got down on his knees to propose to his then girlfriend.
More on IPL
Indian Premier League 2015 will have the following teams – Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad. As usual, the matches will be distributed throughout the entire length and breadth of the country.
Some of the most prestigious venues, including the Eden Gardens, Green Park, Sardar DY Patil Stadium, Wankhede, PCA Stadium, etc. will witness some of the toughest encounters between the various teams.
“All you need to do is relax, enjoy and experience the Incredible India.”
IPL 2015: Boring Opening Night
Though India did well at the ICC world cup by reach the semi-finals, fans of cricket still remember the controversies (match-fixing) that had plagued the earlier seasons of IPL. That is why, probably, the organizers didn’t get any big star for the opening ceremony of the upcoming IPL cricket tournament. Even the budget for the opening ceremony was a mere 8 crore rupees, far less than the average 20-22 crores that used to be spent every year till now. But this time, BCCI didn’t splurge on the opening night.
A few Bollywood celebs performed (Hrithik was there) but no top Khan or any foreign star performed on the opening night. Anushka Sharma, who’s used to watching the cricketers, including Virat Kohli, from the stands performed and this time the spectators were the cricketers.
What was even more surprising was that King Khan, who has been a regular performer at all the previous IPL opening nights, wasn’t available this time, despite the event happening at his second home – Kolkatta (he owns the Kolkatta Knight riders IPL team). And that’s because he was busy shooting for his upcoming film.
No wonder that spectators found the opening night of IPL 8 really boring. Here are some of the comments that were shared on Twitter.
This year's #IPLOpeningCeremony was more boring than Black, Saanwariya and Paa put together.
— Roflindian 2.0 (@Roflindian) April 7, 2015
— Sachinn Sachinn (@cricketsagar) April 7, 2015
Its WORST opening ceremony in #IPL history Uninformed Captains, Various Bloopers, Lame Duck Performance, Un-Saif Host, Feeling Cheated Crowd
— VRG (@VRG678) April 7, 2015