Fans from Delhi, Mumbai turn up for IPL opening gala

Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) Besides enthusiastic fans from the eastern metropolis, who made a beeline for the Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony, people – mostly youths – from all over the country turned up at the decked-up Salt Lake stadium here Tuesday.

The fans poured in from New Delhi, Mumbai and even Chandigarh.

“We took a train yesterday (Monday) and reached today,” said Delhi Daredevils supporter Jasdev Singh, who came all the way from the national capital.

“It’s a great atmosphere here. Shah Rukh (Khan), Katrina (Kaif), Deepika Padukone, and Pitbull – that makes for a heady combination,” said Singh before entering the venue with his friends.

The group proposed staying back in Kolkata for Wednesday’s tournament opener between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Meanwhile, college goers and youngsters were a majority in the crowd, mostly hep and frenzied.

The scene outside the stadium was all colourful and noisy with horns blaring and balloons and KKR flags all flying around. Girls in trendy clothes could be seen rooting for SRK.

“At the very glimpse of Shah Rukh, I think I’ll faint,” said Ananya Sen, a Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Shah Rukh fan.

Flags and head bands were selling like hot cakes.

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