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IPL 2017 T20: Sparse crowd witnesses opening ceremony in Pune before RPS vs MI

One hardly took notice that the opening ceremony had already begun as the excitement was hardly palpable in Pune ahead of the IPL 2017 clash between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 06, 2017 19:41 IST
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Rising Pune Supergiants skipper Steve Smith (R) presents his Mumbai Indians counterpart Rohit Sharma with a memento during the IPL 2017 opening ceremony in Pune.(IPL/Twitter)

The opening ceremony ahead of the Rising Pune Supergiants’ IPL 2017 opener against Mumbai Indians at the MCA Stadium here on Thursday was witnessed by a sparse crowd as the stands were yet to fill up when the celebration kicked off. (SCORECARD | IPL 2017 COVERAGE)

In fact one hardly took notice that the opening ceremony had already begun as the excitement was hardly palpable.

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The opening ceremony began in traditional Maharashtra style with men dressed in Peshwa avatar dancing to the Puneri dhol beats.

Singer Shalmali Kholgade performed a few Bollywood numbers before the two captains – Steven Smith and Rohit Sharma – came on stage to pose with the IPL trophy with the Pune skipper presenting Rohit with a memento.

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The captains made an entry in a buggy cart which had fire flames coming from the sides. Rohit, however, didn’t like the sparks coming on his body and asked it to be switched off.

Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh presented a dashing performance before the fireworks went off to mark the closing of the ceremony.