Summer has arrived at the IPL extravaganza is once again set to roar across the nation with the 12th edition scheduled to begin from 23rd March 2019. Team’s composition has been finalized, the scheduled of first two weeks has also been unveiled as the fans can’t wait for the cash-rich league to begin, given the fact that it’s the time of the year when spectators rejoice, witnessing top-notch players from different nations joining hands to spill magic on the field.
Apart from cricketers and fans, it is that time of the year when Bollywood celebrities come and relish every moment, supporting their favorite franchises. Interestingly, there are a host of celebrities who love the game of cricket and some even owned the franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders, Royals Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals etc.
Watch Video – Bollywood Celebrities And Their Favourite IPL Teams
Here’s a look at some of the popular celebrities’ favorite IPL teams and their favorite cricketers:
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra who has been making headlines ever since she has tied the knot with Nick Jonas loves watching cricket and went on to say that cricketers like Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, and Kevin Peterson are few of the stylish cricketers according to her. However, her favorite cricketer is Sachin Tendulkar and her favorite IPL team is Kolkata Knight Riders.
Making his Bollywood debut in Vicky Donor opposite Ayushmann Khurranna, Yami Gautam is now a household name in Bollywood Industry. Evidently, Yami is a cricket fanatic and loves to watch the game of cricket. Yami’s favorite IPL team is Sunrises Hyderabad and Shahid Afridi was her first crush.
“Shahid Afridi was my first crush. I even remember his birthday day even before mine. I remember the time I saw him bowl and his hair flying in the air and all of that,” Yami was quoted saying on the screen preview.
Anu Malik who has recently been accused of sexual harassment by Shweta Pandit is an avid Mumbai Indians’ supporter. Anu Malik has also expressed his enthusiasm for cricket on micro-blogging site Twitter on several occasions. After I qualified for the finals, he took to Twitter to express his love for the franchise.
“I was last on d table, now MI is 2nd on d table, risen from dashes. Go for it @mipaltan. Make it to the finals. All the best..!! #MIvsCSK”
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar love for cricket isn’t an unknown fact. Akshay was the brand ambassador of Delhi Daredevils in 2008 and apparently, Delhi is also his favorite franchise in the IPL. In an appearance in the pre-match show on Sony Ten Three, the actor revealed that World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and former skipper Gundappa Vishwanath were his favorite players.
Without a hint of doubt in our mind, Anushka Sharma supports Royal Challengers Bangalore and for obvious reasons. She has joined the team on various occasions, standing with them irrespective of the results and will continue to be Royal Challengers supporter forever.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput is an ardent cricket fan and Chennai Super Kings supporter. Sushant’s favorite cricketer is Mahendra Singh Dhoni and loves to watch him bat. Sushant also did the Dhoni’s biopic which went on to become a super hit and also played a big part in changing Sushant’s career. Sushant has been cheering for Super Kings for a long time. He also took to Twitter when Chennai reached the eighth edition of IPL against RCB.
“How can u not have #CSK in the final of #IPL8 …hahaha cheers!! #CSKvsRCB he wrote.
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals and has watched all the matches of her franchise being played in the IPL till now. Shilpa also loves to watch cricket and often play the game with her son Viaan at Home in her free time.
Canadian-born Indian-American actress and model Sunny Leone is a sensation on social media. Be it her work-out videos or sizzling pictures, every single post goes viral. The former porn star has over 18 million followers on Instagram. Apart from playing video games, the Bollywood actress also finds interests in watching cricket in her free time. Her favorite IPL franchise is apparently Delhi Capitals.
Earlier during a QandA session on Twitter, one of her fans asked about her favorite team and favorite cricketer to which she simply answered India and Dhoni respectively.
“favorite team is obviously India and player – Dhoni” # AskSunny, She wrote on Twitter.
One of the Bollywood Superstars who never seems to grow old, Anil Kapoor loves cricket. The Bollywood actor, in an interview with The Quint, told that he has been playing the game since his childhood.
I’m a huge cricket buff and have been playing it since my childhood.” He was quoted as saying. The actor is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and his favorite team is Mumbai Indians.
My favorite team is Mumbai Indians but I love watching cricket for the spirit of the game,” he said.
Bollywood Diva Deepika Padukone who has recently married Ranveer Singh is often seen rooting for her favorite team in IPL. Apparently, her favorite IPL team is Royal Challengers Bangalore and her favorite cricketer is none other than MS Dhoni.
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