Along with Bollywood heartthrobs Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor, Virat Kohli’s girlfriend Anushka Sharma will also glam up the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 8 in Kolkata on April 7.

“Entertainers will descend on one stage to mark the start of the eighth season of the IPL with the evening’s proceedings being hosted by Saif Ali Khan,” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.

Bollywood stars including multi-talented Farhan Akhtar, Music Director Pritam and others would line up a sparkling event for the audience at cash-rich T-20 league.

“All eight team captains will be present to take the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge reaffirming the values in IPL’s commitment to the Spirit of Cricket, which has been on display since the competition’s inception in 2008,” Thakur added.

The Captain of the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir will put back the trophy indicating the opening of the new session.

The gates for the evening performance will open at 5PM and the two-hour long show will start at 7:30PM. 

The tickets for the opening ceremony, starting at Rs. 200 can be purchased online from

The gala evening on April 7 will be telecast live on Sony Max and Sony Six. People who cannot switch to the television that moment need not be disappointed as the ceremony would also be streamed on mobile app Hotstar.

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