WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Highlights: AP Dhillon, Kriti Sanon and Kiara Advani dazzle as league kicks off with a bang
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony highlights: The WPL trophy was unveiled at the end of a dazzling opening ceremony.
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony highlights: The opening ceremony of the WPL ended with the captains of the five franchises unveiling the trophy that they will be playing for. The performances were headlined by Bollywood actors Kiara Advani and Kriti Sanon and ended with a set from Punjabi pop star AP Dhillon. Kiara and Kriti joined Dhillon at the end of his set after which host Mandira Bedi called on stage the BCCI officials. She then called the captains who went on to unveil the trophy and end the opening ceremony.
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Mar 04, 2023 07:15 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: That's that!
And now to clear up that field in quick time as there is a match to be played. Mandira Bedi bids the fans at the stadium goodbye to mark the end of the closing ceremony. Well, that was fun, but it won't be able to hold a candle to what is coming up next because there won't be any choreography or premeditated moves involved there. It will be T20 cricket and we have seen that the format tends to be at its pulsating best in the IPL. Little reason to believe that won't be the case here as well. The captains make their way back, two of them - Harmanpreet Kaur and Beth Mooney, are set to go back into the middle soon enough for the toss. Goodbye from here!
Mar 04, 2023 07:12 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Trophy is unveiled!
The captains take the covering off the trophy standing on a podium in front of them. Cue the big fireworks and the photo-op.
Mar 04, 2023 07:10 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The captains
The franchise captains are called on to the stage. Meg Lanning of the Delhi Capitals, Beth Mooney for Gujarat Giants, Harmanpreet Kaur of the Mumbai Indians, Smriti Mandhana of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and finally, Alyssa Healy of the UP Warriorz.
Mar 04, 2023 07:08 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The BCCI officials come on stage
BCCI President and former all-rounder Roger Binny is the first to get on stage and he is followed by secretary Jay Shah.
Mar 04, 2023 07:06 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The crowd cheers for AP
Kriti Sanon and Kiara Advani join Dhillon on the stage as he ends his set. The crowd cheers for AP for a few seconds after the performance before Mandira Bedi takes the stage and thanks the performers.
Mar 04, 2023 07:04 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: VVS Laxman in the house
There are a lot of former greats at the stadium, which is only fitting considering the occassion. The camera just panned to NCA head VVS Laxman in the stands.
Mar 04, 2023 06:57 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: AP Dhillon rolling through the hits
There are a few breaking out some moves in the stands but it is unlikely that those unaware of the songs being performed would be too enthused by this. There would be many just waiting for the real show to begin. Dhillon is doing his best to whip the crowd up though.
Mar 04, 2023 06:50 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Kriti Sanon exits, AP Dhillon up next
Sanon's set ends with “Param Sundari”. The songs have been run of the mill Bollywood fare thus far. Some big cheers go up as Mandira Bedi announces AP Dhillon. He, of course, stars with “Brown Munde” the song that catapulted him to superstardom.
Mar 04, 2023 06:44 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Kriti Sanon up next
A big star is unfurled and it covers much of the fielder after which the Bollywood actress makes her way onto the stage. Onto the next one.
Mar 04, 2023 06:41 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: WPL on the field
While Advani rattles through her set-piece, there are a group of dancers in bright colours on the field standing in a formation that reads “WPL”. Kiara's performance, meanwhile ends with a performance of the song “Bijli"
Mar 04, 2023 06:35 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Kiara Advani is the first performer
The Bollywood star is the first to take the stage. Quite fitting that it was Mandira Bedi who kicked off the proceedings. Bedi's presence in the 2003 World Cup broadcast team opened up more doors than can be counted.
Mar 04, 2023 06:32 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Mandira Bedi on hosting duties
The DY Patil Stadium cheers are Mandira Bedi calls for applause ahead of the start of the big event.
Mar 04, 2023 06:30 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Here we go then!
A video is being rolled with midels representing the colours of the five teams. The stage has been set up and the dancers have assembled in all their colours.
Mar 04, 2023 06:23 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: A full house expected
It's all brewing up nicely at the DY Patil Stadium. Judging by the long cues outside the stadium and the traffic jams leading up to the gates, we are going to have a full house here.
Mar 04, 2023 06:16 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Today's schedule
Gates Open: 4 PM IST
Opening Ceremony: 6:25 PM IST
Match - Gujarat Giants vs Mumbai Indians
Toss: 7:30 PM IST
Match Start: 8 PM IST
Mar 04, 2023 06:05 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Bridging the gap with Australia
Australia are the undisputed leaders in women's cricket. Moreover, the WBBL is the oldest women's T20 league and so, the talk of the town has been whether the WPL will help India bridge the gap with Australia. "Definitely for Australia and England the WBBL and Hundred have worked very well and after those tournaments they've got so much young talent. After the WPL we are also going to get some good talent and I'm sure the difference you're talking about [between India and Australia sides] we'd love to cut down. When you see good talent coming up, you're definitely going to make a good team after the WPL," said Harmanpreet.
Mar 04, 2023 05:53 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The performers
This is what the BCCI had to say about the opening ceremony. “Adding glitz and glamour to the tournament opener will be Bollywood stars – Kiara Advani and Kriti Sanon. To top it all, singer-songwriter AP Dhillon will be performing some of his musical chartbusters on-stage that is bound to leave the audience enthralled.”
Mar 04, 2023 05:42 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The tournament schedule
The tournament will be played in two stadiums - the DY Patil Stadium and the Brabourne Stadium. With there being just five teams, there will be just one eliminator, with the top ranked team qualifying for the final directly. The eliminator is scheduled to be held on March 24 at the DY Patil Stadium after which the final will be held on March 26 at the Brabourne Stadium.
Mar 04, 2023 05:34 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The players
The auction for the season was held on February 13 in which a total of 87 players were sold and ₹59,50,00,000 was splurged collectively amongst the five franchises. India's Smriti Mandhana, who was the first player to go under the hammer in the auction, was also the most expensive at ₹3.40 Crore which the Royal Challengers Bangalore spent. Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner and England’s Natalie Sciver-Brunt emerged as the most expensive overseas players.
Mar 04, 2023 05:25 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The first match
It is a real star-studded clash to start out the league. The Gujarat Giants are led by Australia superstar Beth Mooney and their key players include batters Dayalan Hemalatha, Ashleigh Gardner, Harleen Deol, Sophia Dunkley, and bowlers Sneh Rana, Georgia Warehem, Mansi Joshi, and Annabel Sutherland. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Indians will be led by India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Like their opponents, they also picked up 18 players in the February auction. Key players include batters Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Hamaira Kazi, Neelam Bisht, Yastika Bhatia, and bowlers Issy Wong, Sonam Yadav, Pooja Vastrakar, Amelia Kerr and Nat Sciver-Brunt.
Mar 04, 2023 05:15 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: The rescheduling
The toss for the match was initially scheduled to be held at 7pm IST, with the game itself set to begin at 7.30pm. Now, the toss has been shifted to 7.30pm and the match, subsequently, to 8pm. The opening ceremony itself is set to start at 6.25pm, according to the BCCI's statement.
Mar 04, 2023 05:11 PM IST
WPL 2023 Opening Ceremony Live: Hello and welcome!
Opening ceremonies are something that the IPL has done away with but this is a new league and, moreover, marks the beginning of something that could fundamentally change the landscape of women's cricket in the country, if not the world at large. There are some big ticket celebrities who are going to dazzle up the place at the DY Patil Stadium before the real action begins between Mumbai Indians and the Gujarat Giants. Let's sink our teeth into the occassion.