The 2018 edition of the IPL was declared by tournament chairman Rajeev Shukla. This was followed by some glitzy performances by Varun Dhawan, Prabhu Deva, Tamanna Bhatia, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mika Singh and Hrithik Roshan. The ceremony was held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which is the home of defending champions Mumbai Indians. It was hence only fitting that at the end of the ceremony, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma came out and thanked the Mumbai fans for turning up in the thousands. He is back out there, training with the rest of the team as they prepare to take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the tournament.
IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony highlights:
IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony Highlights
Time for MI vs CSK
This was a cracking opening ceremony in Mumbai! But now is the time for Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings. You can follow the match live with our blog. It will have everything with full coverage of the match. Follow Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Live
Rohit Sharma: 'Thank you, Wankhede'
"We've won all the three titles for this wonderful crowd here. Looking forward to starting this tournament on a good note" - Rohit Sharma at the opening ceremony
We've won all the three titles for this wonderful crowd here. Looking forward to starting this tournament on a good note - @mipaltan Captain @ImRo45 ahead of tonight's opening game. pic.twitter.com/peSEb4422G— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 7 April 2018
Opening Ceremony ends
Hrithik Roshan, Mika, Varun Dhawan, Prabhu Deva are on stage for the final stages of the opening ceremony! Brilliant performance from all the stars. The IPL has officially begun. The Wankhede crowd is still cheering for the performers which were truly brilliant.
Hrithik Roshan is the final performer
Hrithik Roshan is the final performer of the day! He will begin his perfomance with "Dhoom Dhoom" and follow it with another popular Bollyowood number. The third song is 'Senorita'. Crowd loves it for sure.
IPL Spirit of Cricket pledge
IPL Spirit of Cricket pledge to play the game in the right spirit, play fair and respect the oppnent. Here is the how they signed the oath. Since not all captains could be present in Wankhede, they did it digitally
Jacqueline Fernandez performs at Wankhede
There it is! Jacqueline Fernandez is performing at he Wankhede Stadium. The crowd loves it. Some crazy dance moves by the acrtress. Hritik Roshan is also going to perform at the opening ceremony
Mika on stage
After Tamannaah Bhatia's rocking performance, singer Mika is on stage! He is entertaining the crowd with some of his popular songs. Wankhede is just loving it. So far this opening ceremony has been brilliant
Rohit Sharma on stage
"We've won all the three titles for this wonderful crowd here. Looking forward to starting this tournament on a good note." - Rohit Sharma on stage. The Wankhede crowd roars for their captain
Captains of the eight teams take the oath to play fair and in the spirit of the game. They do it with digital signatures as not all of them could come for the ceremony. Rohit Sharma is on stage now. He is addressing the Wankhede crowd
Varun Dhawan and Prabhu Deva together
Both Varun Dhawan and Prabhu Deva are on stage and performing on the number 'Muqabala'. Stunning moves from both of them. This is turly brilliant performance.
Prabhu Deva sets stage on fire
What a performance by Varun Dhawan! But wait, Prabhu Deva is here! The Wankhede crowd loves it. They are cheering for Prabhu. He is performing on some of his popular numbers beginning with Urvashi, Urvashi!
Varun Dhawan performance
Varun Dhawan is the first performer of the day! He is performing on some Bollywood numbers. There are more performers lined up in the show and he has set the ball rolling in style. Some brilliant dance steps from the actor
Indian Premier League is back!
IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony
Just a few minutes away from the opening ceremony in Mumbai. The stars are ready in the stadium. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, the captains of the two teams playing later tonight are also there. IPL and BCCI officials are on the stage. And finally, there are the fans
Wankhede is ready!
Huge crowds at Wankhede Stadium! They are here for the big match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings! But before that, everyone wants to watch the big opening ceremony. Fans of all ages are inside the stadium and there is huge outside the stadium as well
Who all will perform at the opening ceremony?
Some of the biggest bollywood stars will be performing at the IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony in Mumbai. There is Jacqueline Fernandes, Hritik Roshan, Varun Dhawan, Parbhudeva are performing. The Wankhede Stadium looks jam-packed for the event
IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony Live
IPL 2018 IS HERE! The biggest cricket league in the world is back. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will play the first game of the league but before that, there will be a glittering opening ceremony which will be some of the biggest Bollywood stars perform at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.