IPL 2024 Opening Ceremony: AR Rahman, Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff headline event in Chepauk Stadium

A new captain, a star-studded roster of performers and a passionate city waiting for cricket - a perfect recipe to get the 2024 edition of the IPL started

A packed Chepauk Stadium waited ardently to catch a glimpse of MS Dhoni who has relinquished captaincy once again

Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff rapelled their way to the stage on stunt ropes. The pair had the Indian tricolour in hand

India’s cultural diversity was extensively covered during the course of the ceremony

To conclude their performance, Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff took a lap of the stadium on bike, waving the Indian flag all along

AR Rahman delighted the crowd to a number of his all-time hits in Hindi and Tamil

Entertainers donned various costumes with elements from India’s diverse cultural traditions set to the patriotic tunes of AR Rahman and Sonu Nigam

RCB captain Faf du Plessis and CSK’s new captain Ruturaj Gaikwad marked the end of the ceremony as they presented the trophy for the season

BCCI’s office-bearers, led by honorary secretary Jay Shah, graced the event in Chennai

A live painting was done of the opening ceremony at the Chepauk Stadium