IPL closing ceremony: Ranveer Singh, AR Rahman confirmed as performers
The closing ceremony of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be a star-studded affair. Actor Ranveer Singh and music maestro AR Rahman will be performing at the ceremony on Sunday. First-time participants Gujarat Titans will face inaugural IPL winners Rajasthan Royals in the high-stakes final. It will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- Bollywood and cricket, particularly the IPL, have shared a profound connection for several years.
- In the past editions of the cricket league, artists such as Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Usha Uthup, and Bappi Lahiri have dazzled audiences.
- Due to the COVID-19 scare, the league was shifted to UAE.
- Thus, the upcoming ceremony would be the first-ever closing ceremony to transpire in India post-pandemic.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has divulged details about the 45-minute-long closing ceremony. Speaking to Sportstar, he said, "With Ahmedabad hosting the final, we'll celebrate [our] country's 75th independence [anniversary], marking the journey of Indian cricket with a special show." Several stalwarts from the gentleman's game, including BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah, will be present at the event.
The Gully Boy actor and the Academy Award-winning musician are the two most well-known faces who will be seen at the T20 extravaganza. But the BCCI has also reportedly locked a 10-member dance troupe who will be performing Jharkhand's popular folk dance Chhau at the closing ceremony. The event will kickstart at 6:30pm, followed by the toss at 7:30pm, and the match at 8:00pm.
Singh and Rahman's performances are not the only connection Bollywood has with IPL 2022. Aamir Khan will also be reaching the venue to unveil the trailer of his upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha. Before that, he will be hosting the closing ceremony, too. The trailer has already been dubbed a "masterpiece," by film critics following a special preview screening in Mumbai.