As arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium on October 14 in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 match, some of the top celebrity names of the country are likely to be in attendance.
Reports say Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, legendary actor Rajinikanth, and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar are among the big names invited to witness this high-voltage encounter.
Bachchan, who is celebrating his 81st birthday today, has a history of attending high-stakes matches. In fact, in 2015, Bachchan donned the hat of a cricket commentator during the World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Adelaide, Australia.
Rajinikanth, too, shares this passion for the sport and will be showcasing his unwavering support for the Indian cricket team at the upcoming cricket match.
Apart from this, the Opening Ceremony of the tournament has been a point of discussion among fans. While there was no official ceremony, the Indian board has reportedly arranged a special programme at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
A dazzling light show, coupled with dance performances, is expected to set the stage for the main event. The highlight of the evening will be singer Arijit Singh, who will entertain the audience with his soulful melodies, as per media reports.
The anticipation surrounding this match has led to the issuance of a significant number of tickets, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) releasing an additional 14,000 tickets to meet the overwhelming demand. With the stadium’s seating capacity reaching a staggering 1,10,000, a full house is expected.
This clash between India and Pakistan holds immense significance for both teams in the group stage. Pakistan, riding high on their victories against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, will be keen to maintain their winning streak.
India, buoyed by their victory over Australia and Afghanistan, will be aiming to carry their winning momentum forward, making this match a crucial battle for both sides.