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The Pepsi IPL 2013, the sixth season of what has been a phenomenon, will be played across the country, from 3 April 2013 to 26 May 2013.
The first match of the tournament, to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending champions, and Delhi Daredevils, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Wednesday, 3 April 2013, will be preceded by the grandest sporting celebration that India has ever seen. The Pepsi IPL 2013 Opening ceremony, to be held at 7:30 pm (IST) on Tuesday, 2 April 2013, at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, one of the biggest football arenas in Asia, will feature flying drummers, Chinese percussionists, awesome fireworks, and some of the biggest film-stars in the country, including Shah Rukh Khan, the country’s foremost Superstar.
The king of Bollywood and co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders will be performing at the opening ceremony, alongside his Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-star Katrina Kaif, who will be performing in Kolkata for the first time. If that is not enough, then the organizers, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd have roped in Pitbull, the International rapper. “SRK loves the city of joy and he is already very excited to perform there. Katrina will be performing there for the first time. When Pitbull was told that he is being invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the Pepsi IPL 2013, and SRK would also be performing as well, he agreed to come within minutes,” says a source.
“The Opening Ceremony of the Pepsi IPL 2013 will be as outstanding as the cricket that we will witness over the subsequent seven weeks. We are in for a spectacular commencement to what promises to be a memorable tournament,” Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said.
The IPL has gone from strength to strength since its inaugural season in 2008. It has witnessed some absorbing cricket, tremendous support from the fans, and of course, four different winners in five seasons. This is of course, an indication of the quality of cricket produced by the participating teams. Rajasthan Royals were the first champions, in 2008. Deccan Chargers won the title in 2009, when the tournament was played in South Africa. Chennai Super Kings triumphed in 2010 and 2011, and Kolkata Knight Riders scaled the summit in 2012.
The sixth season, due to begin at Kolkata’s hallowed Eden Gardens on Wednesday, 3 April 2013, promises to be no different. Nine teams will battle it out in a total of 76 matches, over a period of seven weeks, and the one team that wins the contest will be crowned the Pepsi IPL 2013 champion, at the end of the final on Sunday, 26 May 2013, again at the Eden Gardens.
Former India batsman to assist mentor-cum-captain Adam Gilchrist
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 21 March 2013
Kings XI Punjab announces the appointment of W.V. Raman as the Team Assistant Coach today.
Commenting on the appointment, Col Arvinder Singh, COO, Kings XI Punjab said, “We are pleased to have W. V. Raman as the Assistant Coach of our team for IPL 2013. Given his vast experience as an ex – Indian player and his coaching stints over the years, I am certain that he shall bring another dimension to our Coaching Staff and help our players perform to the best of their abilities. We wish him all the best for the upcoming IPL Season.”
Commenting on the occasion W.V. Raman said, “I thank Kings XI Punjab management for providing me with this wonderful opportunity and I am extremely delighted to join Kings XI Punjab as the Assistant Coach. I look forward to helping out the team achieve its objectives for the upcoming IPL Season. Kings XI Punjab has the right mix of experienced as well as young players supported by a world class coaching staff and I shall do my best to get the best out of the players.”