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IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli spend time with family before season begins

Before things heat up in the IPL 2018 season on April 7 with a contest between Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Mumbai Indians, the players have been spending time with their loved ones.

Gautam Gambhir at Golden Temple with family

The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League will kick start on April 7 when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. But before the cash-rich league begins, the cricketers have been spending some rare time off with their family. The newly-appointed skipper of the Delhi Daredevils, Gautam Gambhir made a visit to Golden Temple Amritsar with wife and daughter. The left-handed batsman was seen taking blessings and worshipping at the holy temple. He was appointed as DD captain earlier this month. (Source: PTI)

Gautam Gambhir appointed DD captain

Gautam Gambhir, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders since 2011 till last season, was not retained by the two-time IPL winners and was snapped up by Daredevils for Rs 2.8 crore, from a base price of Rs 2 crore at the IPL Auction in January this year. (Source: PTI)

Rohit Sharma with wife Ritika

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma had earlier posted a picture with wife RItika Sajdeh on his official Instagram account. The caption of the photo read, "Blue waters, blue skies and this one = bliss 🙌." Rohit led the Mumbai Indians franchise that won last season's IPL beating Rising Pune Supergiant in the final. He was retained by Mumbai Indians. (Source: Instagram)

Virat Kohli Anushka Sharma

India captain Virat Kohli took some off-time from the cricketing field as he missed the tri-series in Sri Lanka earlier. Kohli spent this free time with wife Anushka and even posted a picture on his social media account. Virat was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the retention, he became the only player to be a part of only one franchise side right from the inception of the league. (Source: Instagram)

Shikhar Dhawan spending time with family

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Shikhar Dhawan was spotted with his wife Aliyah and son Zoraver at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Melbourne Australia. In an Instagram post, Dhawan wrote, "Went to moonlit sanctuary today and interacted with the amazing native animals!!! What an experience and privilege for the whole family!!! Love of nature!"

Ajinkya Rahane, who has been given the role of leading Rajasthan Royals this season in Steve Smith's absence, was also seen spending time with his wife Radhika Dhopavkar. In an Instagram post, he wrote, "Spent some quality time at home. now back to basics."

Ravichandran Ashwin with his family.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be leading Kings XI Punjab as captain, this season, celebrated the school admission of her daughter Adhya. In an Instagram post, he wrote, ""Aaannddd we got our school admission, we all will be Aluminis of the same school now. Hopefully AA will also join the club."