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    In pics: Bollywood stars glitter at IPL-9 opening ceremony

    • Zaheer Khan (Delhi Daredevils), Suresh Raina (Gujarat Lions), David Miller (Kings XI Punjab), Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Rising Pune Supergiants), Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) took the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge one by one. (BCCI)

    • Defending champions Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit placed the trophy back on the podium and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur joined the skippers on stage. (BCCI)

    • IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla subsequently welcomed all the audience for the ninth edition of the competition. (BCCI)

    • Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli signs the MCC pledge. (BCCI)

    • Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma signs the MCC pledge. (BCCI)

    • Kings XI Punjab captain David Miller signs the MCC pledge. (BCCI)

    • Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir signs the MCC pledge. (BCCI)

    • Rising Pune Supergians skipper MS Dhoni signs the MCC pledge. (BCCI)

    • A glitzy mix of Bollywood razzmatazz and high-octane performances, including that of West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo's smash-hit rap 'Champion dance', marked a glittering opening ceremony which set the ball rolling for the ninth edition. (BCCI)

    • The gala started when Bollywood actress and Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez danced to the tunes of some famous numbers

    • The gala started when Bollywood actress and Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez danced to the tunes of some famous numbers

    • Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif danced to the tunes of her famous numbers

    • Preity Zinta owner of Kings XI Punjab during the opening ceremony. (BCCI)

    • Then came a young and talented Kings United group and the dancers group from Nalasopara here showcased their skills and body flexibility to have the crowd mesmerised. (BCCI)

    • Then came India's star rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh who entertained the crowd by singing his favourite songs like

    • Then came India's star rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh who entertained the crowd by singing his favourite songs like