Indian Premier League is beyond cricket. It’s a party, it’s a festival, and it’s serious cricket at the same time. For fringe cricketers, it’s a chance to prove themselves on a stage unmatched to any they have been on. For families, it’s a time to go out, have fun and watch big hits sailing into the stands.
Amid all this fanfare, there are moments - cricket and beyond - that catch your imagination and last with you over time. Here’s a collection of some of those from the first week and a half of IPL Season 8.
KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta blows a flying kiss to faint many in the crowd. (Image Credit: BCCI)
South Africa captain and RCB batsman AB de Villiers makes a ball boy’s dream come true. (Image Credit: BCCI)
Batting legend and MI mentor Sachin Tendulkar gives bowling tips to young fast bowler Pawan Suyal. (Image Credit: BCCI)
KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan brought his youngest son AbRam to an IPL game for the first time. (Image Credit: BCCI)
KXIP batsman David Miller blows kisses towards the crowd. (Image Credit: BCCI)
West Indies and RCB batsman Chris Gayle shares a light moment with spin legend and SRH mentor Muttiah Muralitharan. (Image Credit: BCCI)
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma rooting for boyfriend and RCB captain Virat Kohli. (Image Credit: BCCI)
Sourav Ganguly: Is he in the running for new Team India coach? (Image Credit: BCCI)
Those eyes still have the same intensity: Muttiah Muralitharan during an SRH team huddle before a match. (Image Credit: BCCI)
On a serious note: RR think-tank of mentor Rahul Dravid, captain Shane Watson and stand-in captain Steve Smith figure out what the pitch has on offer. (Image Credit: BCCI)