The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League, widely considered as one of the most prestigious T20 tournaments in cricket, has generated a lot of excitement among fans. The upcoming 2023 season is anticipated to revive the nostalgic IPL atmosphere, as it will follow the ‘home and away’ format for the first time since 2018.
The season will commence with an Opening Ceremony, which will take place prior to the first match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings on March 31 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The game between GT and CSK is set to begin at 7:30 PM today, while the opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 6:00 PM IST.
Join @tamannaahspeaks in the incredible #TATAIPL Opening Ceremony as we celebrate the biggest cricket festival at the biggest cricket stadium in the world - Narendra Modi Stadium! 🏟️ 🙌— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 29, 2023
31st March, 2023 - 6 PM IST on @StarSportsIndia & @JioCinema
Make sure to tune in & join! 👌 pic.twitter.com/u9HtOcD9tm
But that’s not even the most exciting part; the opening ceremony will showcase the talents of actors Rashmika Mandanna and Tamannaah Bhatia, while renowned singer Arijit Singh will also make an appearance to enthral the audience. Several reports have indicated that Tiger Shroff and Katrina Kaif may also be present at the ceremony. In addition to the performances by movie industry icons, the glitzy do will also include several cultural acts.
Get ready to rock & roll! 🎶— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 29, 2023
To celebrate the biggest cricket festival, @arijitsingh will be performing LIVE during the #TATAIPL Opening Ceremony at the biggest cricket stadium in the world - Narendra Modi Stadium! 🏟️
🗓️ 31st March, 2023 - 6 PM on @StarSportsIndia & @JioCinemapic.twitter.com/K5nOHA2NJh
Get ready for a dazzling and unforgettable evening 🎇@iamRashmika will be performing LIVE during the #TATAIPL Opening Ceremony at the biggest cricket stadium in the world - Narendra Modi Stadium! 🏟️— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 30, 2023
🗓️ 31st March, 2023 - 6 PM on @StarSportsIndia & @JioCinemapic.twitter.com/nNldHV3hHb
The official page of the IPL shared a post about Rashmika’s performance and captioned it, “Get ready for a dazzling and unforgettable evening. @rashmika_mandanna will be performing LIVE during the #TATAIPL Opening Ceremony at the biggest cricket stadium in the world - Narendra Modi Stadium! 31st March, 2023 - 6 PM on @starsportsindia & @officialjiocinema.”
Lights 💡— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 30, 2023
Action 🔜⏳@tamannaahspeaks & @iamRashmika are geared up for an exhilarating opening ceremony of #TATAIPL 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium 🏟️🎇 pic.twitter.com/wAiTBUqjG0
Sharing more about her performance, an official statement from the actress’ publicist said, “Mandanna is popular amongst her fans not only for her acting skills but also for the energy she exerts while dancing her heart off. The actress will now again serve you looks, elegance, and vibrancy on stage at this big event held at the world’s biggest stadium.”
This opening ceremony will be the first such event since 2018, as the BCCI opted to cancel the ceremony in 2019 as a tribute to the soldiers who passed away in the Pulwama attack earlier that year. Furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in place from 2020 to 2022 made it impossible to hold large gatherings, which prevented the ceremony from being held during those years.
Game Face 🔛— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 30, 2023
ARE. YOU. READY for #TATAIPL 2023❓ pic.twitter.com/eS5rXAavTK
This year’s IPL will feature matches being played at 12 different venues, namely Mohali, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Mumbai, Guwahati, and Dharamsala.
In readiness for the Super duper Opener 💪— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 31, 2023
📩🔗#GTvCSK Preview!#WhistlePodu#Yellove 🦁💛
After a four-year hiatus, the league will resume its traditional home-and-away schedule in India, with each of the top teams playing a total of 14 games. Each team will enjoy the support of their home fans, playing seven matches at their respective home grounds, while the other seven matches will be played at away venues.