Sunil Gavaskar‘s dance moves to the popular hit ‘Saami Saami’ during the opening ceremony of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) have won the hearts of cricket fans. A video of Gavaskar dancing to the song, with Bollywood actress Rashmika Mandanna singing it, has gone viral online.
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Gujarat Titans (GT) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squared off at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on March 31 to kick off the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL). Before the blockbuster fixture, a dazzling opening ceremony saw the likes of Arjit Singh, Rashmika Mandanna, and Tamanna Bhatia entertain the crowd of more than 100,000 people with epic performances.
Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, along with commentators Simon Doull and Sanjay Manjrekar, appeared to be enjoying themselves.
As Mandanna performed to the popular song ‘Saami Saami’ from the movie ‘Allu Arjun’, Sunil Gavaskar showed off his dance moves, which have become a hit on the internet. The video was shared by Australian presenter Neroli Meadows on Instagram and immediately went viral all over the internet as Manjrekar and Doull cheered him on.
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With a five-wicket win over MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings, defending champion Gujarat Titans got off to a strong start in the tournament. After Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl first, CSK scored 178 thanks to a brilliant 92 from Ruturaj Gaikwad off of just 50 deliveries. Dhoni finished off CSK quickly with an unbeaten knock of 14 off of 7 balls during his cameo.
In reply, GT were given a quick start by Wriddhiman Saha before Shubman Gill took over and scored a half-century. Despite scoring 63 runs in 36 balls, CSK were able to get back into the game after Gill’s dismissal and a rare failure from Hardik. However, with strong help from Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia kept up his season-long trend of closing out close games for GT.
CSK will next face Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Chepauk Stadium on Monday (April 3), while GT will take on Delhi Capitals on Tuesday (April 4) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.