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Last nine years, Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan (the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders) and Priyanka Chopra mesmerized fans across the world during the opening ceremonies of IPL.

But, this year in season 10th, it has changed and turns for the upcoming crop stars like Tiger Shroff, Parineeti Chopra, and Shraddha Kapoor to fire on the stage during the separate opening ceremonies across the eight host cities.

On Monday, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said to ‘Cricketnext’ that there will be eight separate opening ceremonies and will perform the Bollywood latest crop stars like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Bengaluru, and Indore.

Apart from crop stars Tiger, Shraddha, and Parineeti, like Amy Jackson and Riteish Deshmukh are also likely to perform opening ceremonies. Amy is ready to perform in defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Riteish will perform for the fans of Pune Rising Supergiant.

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IPL head of events committee of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, Ravinder Manchanda said to Cricketnext that Parineeti will perform at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on the opening day of Delhi Daredevils on April 15 against Kings XI Punjab.

Manchanda said “We are proud that we will have Parineeti performing in the opening ceremony at Kotla. She hails from Ambala, as a result she will have a connect with both the Delhi and the Punjab fans.”

Also Read: IPL 2017: Shane Watson To Lead As RCB Captain

“We are excited that she will put up a great show. We will also have other performances like cultural shows and relive DD’s best moment in the IPL over the last nine editions.”

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Cricket Association of Bengal official said that Monali Thakur and Shraddha will be encouraging the KKR. He said, “With Shah Rukh Khan, you never know if he will be part of an impromptu jig if he is present at the Eden Gardens.”

“But as of now, Shraddha and Monali have confirmed their participation. We are very excited and hope to put on a great show.”

Also Read: IPL 2017: BCCI Announces Play-offs’ Venus

Saurashtra Cricket Association official said that acrobatic Tiger will perform for the fans in Rajkot. “We will have the super talented Tiger performing at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Apart from him, we will also have Sachin-Jigar and the Ram-Leela fame singer Bhoomi Trivedi. It should be a fascinating night and one that all will remember.”

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Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will lead as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening stages of the Indian Premier League 2017. Watson will take the responsibility until Virat Kohli makes full recovery from a shoulder injury sustained during the third Tests match against Australia.

Watson had received two-time of the player of the tournament award. Earlier, he has skippered the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals franchise. After Kohli was ruled out for his shoulder injury, the head coach of RCB Daniel Vettori hinted that AB de Villiers would captain the team.

AB de Villiers also pulled out in the final of the Momentum One Day Cup – due to back pain. He advised taking rest for a couple of days and likely to begin his IPL 2017 in RCB’s first match against Delhi Daredevils on April 8th.

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When asked team chairman Amrit Thomas said by an official media release, “Virat Kohli, the RCB captain will be missing the first few matches of the VIVO Indian Premier League owing to an unfortunate shoulder injury. His presence on the field is dependent on him passing the fitness tests and we hope for a strong recovery for him,” said team chairman.

Also Read: IPL 2017: BCCI Announces Play-offs’ Venus

The release added that “In the interim, Shane Watson, will lead the RCB team as the stand-in-captain. Shane has been one of the top performers and a great mentor of the team, making him an ideal choice to lead the team this season till Virat is back on field.”

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The 19-year-old RCB’s player Sarfaraz Khan is likely to miss the IPL which suffered a leg injury during the practice match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He picked up the injury, sliding to catch the ball and suddenly appeared to be in pain.

Also Read: IPL 2017: Russell’s Absence Doesn’t Put Back Foot To KKR

RCB head coach Vettori said “Owing to a leg injury during the final Bangalore-based practice match session, Sarfaraz Khan will most likely be unavailable to play as a part of the RCB squad this VIVO IPL and we are evaluating the same with the BCCI. His absence will be definitely felt on-field and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced on Sunday, April 2 that Hyderabad will host the final match of the upcoming 10th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.

The Indian Premier League will begin from this month April 5th to May 21st. The first opening match ceremony will play between Sunrisers vs Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) in Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

The first Qualifier match will be host at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and the first match in the knockout stage on May 16th.

Also Read: IPL 2017: Russell’s Absence Doesn’t Put Back Foot To KKR

On the other hand, Bengaluru will host two matches of knockout like the Eliminator on May 17 and the 2nd Qualifier on May 19th.

Also Read: IPL 2017: Coach Jayawardene Excited By Mumbai’s Riches

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India gave the statement that “A reserve day is available for the Final but not the other three playoff matches.”

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The 1st Qualifier match will play between two top teams of the league stage, the winner’s team will enter the summit clash and whereas the losing team takes on the winners of the Eliminator – played between the third and fourth placed teams and the other in final slot in the Qualifier 2.

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The countdown starts the new season of Indian Premier League 2017. Team Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to make it reckon in the 10th season of the IPL which will begin from April 5th Wednesday.

Knight Riders will play the first match against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 7th Friday, KKR still looking to get their team grouping right.

Indian powerful and aggressive right-handed batsman Yusuf Pathan and senior pro thinks that the bowling strength of season 10th will be KKR’s.

On Sunday, Yusuf said ahead of their practice session at the Eden Gardens “This year we have a lot of variety.”

Knight Rider’s manager picked up the pace attacker at the auction of season 10th are England’s Chris Woakes, Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile, New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Caribbean Roveman Powell and also Indian pacer Umesh Yadav.

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Gautam Gambhir’s side is also fine heap in the spin like left-arm spinner Shakib AI-Hasan, off-spinner Sunil Narine, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in ranks.

Talking about young left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep, the 34-year-old said Pathan said: “He has a bright future and should do very well for us.”

Also Read: IPL 2017: Coach Jayawardene Excited By Mumbai’s Riches

KKR also have bowlers like Rishi Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla and they are handy customers with the bat. Yusuf reckons will add a lot of strength to Kolkata Knight Riders batting.

Pathan said “When you have such a wide variety of players competing for sports in the playing XI, it is a healthy sign. He had a lot of positive impact on the team in the last couple of seasons and his lively presence in the dressing room will be missed.”

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Pathan added, “I don’t agree that Russell’s absence puts us on the back foot. In a long tournament like IPL, teams are bound to miss key players at times for a variety of reasons. We have to look ahead and work with the ones who are available.”

Also Read: Zaheer Khan Keen To Embrace ‘support role’

When asked whether it will hurt the team’s performance, Pathan said “We are playing our first couple of matches away from home. It takes the pressure off us.”

“We are well aware of the conditions in Rajkot and Mumbai. As professional cricketers we are expected to adapt quickly,” he added.

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Former Sir Lanka’s captain Mahela Jayawardene has returned to India for his first full-fledged coaching task with twice champion’s team Mumbai Indians.

Jayawardene replaced Ricky Ponting to lead Mumbai Indians as the head coach in IPL 2017 season 10th. He is still required after franchise cricketer and shifts with Karachi Kings at the Pakistan Super League last month.

Previous, he stands for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. Jayawardene has an experience of playing many T20 leagues which he wants to share with his team of Mumbai players. Even if he was alert of not overdoing it.

The 39-year-old former Sir Lanka’s captain said “I think playing around the world different conditions do help, the number of games and all that, but obviously coaching is a different role altogether. I think I need to step back and let the players play try and prepare, give them the freedom to go and express themselves,” said Jayawardene.

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“Practically we will discuss a lot of things behind the scenes. We have got a great coaching staff to help them out, we will give them as many as challenges as possible to go out there and execute. It’s very exciting to have a very talented group of players to work with which is great.”

Jayawardene said that he was looking to work with Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma. “I think Rohit is a very instinctive player, naturally gifted. He just goes with the flow and he creates his opportunities and I think that suits quite well when you are a T20 captain because you need to react to situations out there in the middle pretty quickly and probably try and stay a couple of overs ahead.”

Also Read: Zaheer Khan Keen To Embrace ‘support role’

He added, “He has been captaining MI for the last four-five years and he is showing that. At a young age he has taken a bigger role and done that. It is important to have that versatility as well relaxed and calm demeanour.”

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“There are a lot of things that happen, not just on the field, but a lot of things that happen around that as well, so to keep perspective and handle that so that is demands of a modern T20 captain these days.”

Team Mumbai Indians have many players who return from injury and playing after a long break. Player Mitchell Johnson has bought at the auction, which played last in the BBL in January.

Also Read: Kohli Might Miss Start Of IPL 2017, Check Out! 

Lasith Malinga, who came back to International cricket after treatment a year out of the game with his knee injured. There are the two players Jayawardene named while underling the importance of managing workloads.

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Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan has announced that he will retire from all the forms of cricket after season ninth of IPL in 2015. Two years on, he has set to lead Delhi Daredevils again in their quest for their maiden title in the Tenth season.

Many years Zaheer did not play any competitive game but believe a shift in roles. As the leader of the bowling group, he will play just supporting role and will help him simplicity into the stress of the shortest format.

The 38-year-old former cricketer Zaheer said “It’s very difficult to not play any match and then to turn up here and play the whole season. I look at it as a challenge. I stick to my routines along with discussion I have had with my trainers and physios.”

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“The process remains the same. I picked up the ball around December, got into it slowly and here I am now, ready to take on another IPL season. Every time I get on the field, the excitement comes back.”

“It’s the right dose of cricket for me at this stage of my career. I have supreme fast bowlers who will take the pressure off me. I’m not playing the lead role, but just the support role. I’m playing the role I enjoy the most. This is my way of giving back to the game.”

Also Read: IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils Will miss Batsman Of ‘de Kock’, Check Out!

Zaheer referred to a ‘supreme fast bowlers’ like Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins, both of them are latest acquisitions and also Mohammed Shami.

Cummins said “It’s good to have a bowling captain for starters. It’s easier to adjust to the T20 format from Tests than the other way round.”

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Zaheer expects that the young batting units have an empowered to deliver under a crunch, “We’ve always believed in youngsters and the potential they have. If you look at last season’s squad, you’ve got someone like Karun Nair, who has a triple century at the Test level,” he added.

“Shreyas Iyer has made his mark, he’s part of the Test team. These youngsters are no longer youngsters, they’re seasoned campaigners now. That is the strength of DD this year. You’ve got an Indian batting line-up [also having in their ranks Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant] which is more experienced and know more about of their roles.”

Also Read: Kohli Might Miss Start Of IPL 2017, Check Out!

“The squad is settled. We’re sitting pretty despite JP and Quinton’s unavailability. If you look at all the squads, you will find players who are missing out because of international duties and injuries. We’re prepared for the uncertainties,” said Zaheer.

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Delhi Daredevils head coach Rahul Dravid said that missing a batsman like Quinton de Kock quality and the experience of JP Duminy might affect the stability and composition of the team going into the season tenth edition of the IPL.

South African Duminy has mention of personal reasons for pulling out as de Kock has a finger injury, sustained during the Test series against New Zealand.

The 44-year-old Daredevils coach Dravid said to PTI during the communication at Delhi Daredevils’ academy ground. “It is obviously a big blow when you lose big players like JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock. If these things happen before the auction, then it is easier because you can plan better. But then this is how it goes and you cannot help it.”

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Dravid is collecting veteran international all-rounders like New Zealand Corey Anderson, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews to fill Duminy’s annulled but said that de Kock is a bigger loss.

Dravid said “We do have talented players like Sam Billings and hopefully they can go up and perform. We have all-rounder’s like Corey Anderson and Angelo Mathews, so we hope that these boys can stand up and perform and in some way replace JP.”

Also Read: Kohli Might Miss Start Of IPL 2017, Check Out!

“But yes, Quinton is a big loss because he played so many games for us and was one of our main batsmen. We had built him up for this season, but this is how life is and you cannot do much about it.”

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Dravid believes that core group of Indian batsmen will have a good season like Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer.

When asked about the expectations of Pant’s second season to be after an impressive opening season, Dravid said “I hope it is better than last season from our perspective. I won’t say Rishabh is our only X-factor. We have guys like Karun, Sanju, Shreyas and [Aditya] Tare.”

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“We will also look to strategise better and give the [younger] players a good opportunity. In a format like the IPL, it is also important to rest the players and keep them fresh and we will also look at that and give it our best, said Dravid.

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Former Australian cricketer-wicketkeeper Brad Haddin thinks that India’s skipper Virat Kohli should take rest from cricket to reproduce on his leadership and batting style after a shoulder injury in Test series against Australia.

For the upcoming Indian Premier League starting on April 5, former Australia’s wicketkeeper Haddin said that Kohli needs to take rest to examine on what emerge during the Test series against Australia, which beat by 8 wickets and won 2-1.

The 39-year-old Haddin, who represented Australia in all three forms of international cricket, wrote in his column for ‘ESPNcricinfo.com,’ “By all accounts Virat Kohli is going to miss the early games of the IPL with his shoulder problem. Based on the sour note with which he ended a tremendous Test series victory for India over a fighting Australia, that may well be a good thing.”

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“At the end of this long and successful home season, I get the distinct impression that Kohli needs some time to think about how he goes about things as a batsman and a captain.”

He wrote, “Time away from playing might help Kohli to reach a fairer viewpoint on what has transpired over the past six weeks: a terrific battle in which the Australians genuinely challenged India, and gave Kohli the toughest time of his international career to date.”

Also Read: BCCI To Release Indian Premier League Match Funds, Check Out!

India beats Australia by 8 wickets with 2-1 at home. The Test series was marked by the controversy between two team captain Steve Smith and Virat Kohli – in the eye of the storm.

Haddin added, “Kohli saying that he no longer has any friends among the Australian team after the conclusion of the series took a lot of gloss off the contest, and once again suggested that the touring side had got as close as they did to India by underhanded means.”

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“This is not an assertion backed up by evidence and sets a poor example to all those watching the game, not only in India but around the world.”

He also impressed by the calm and composed manner of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane. “Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in captain, is as different from Kohli in his demeanour on the field as it is possible to be. He does not give the impression of looking for a fight so much as looking for groceries in the supermarket, but his second-innings batting against Pat Cummins showed that a bold heart beats beneath the quieter exterior.”

Also Read: Australian Skipper Steve Smith Says About Virat Kohli, Check Out!

“Similarly, the way he was able to work with the Indian fast bowlers, particularly Umesh Yadav, showed good sense and strong character. It was a passage that said a lot about Umesh as a fast bowler, but also about Rahane as a leader: he showed toughness of mind to recognise the key moment and seize it,” wrote Haddin.

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