Cricket meets Bollywood as UAE welcomes Indian Premier League 2014 with open arms

Far away from the media spotlight, the Indian Premier League launched its seventh edition in glamorous style in UAE on Tuesday night.

updated: April 16, 2014 19:21 IST
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Abu Dhabi: MS Dhoni danced with Shah Rukh Khan, Shane Watson strummed the guitar, Virat Kohli performed a mock 'wedding' with a cut-out of good-friend Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone added spark to a glittering night as the Indian Premier League made a typically glamorous start in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. With so much controversy around the tournament, the IPL chose to keep the event a 'private' affair and far away from media spotlight. (Catch live updates from the first match between MI and KKR here)

The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi shone like a star on Tuesday evening. The players let their hair down ahead of a gruelling event that will see the world's best cricketers in action for almost two months.

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