Cricket and entertainment always go hand in hand in India and with the start of IPL 2017 the Bollywood celebrities are adding to the glamour of the most prestigious T20 domestic tournament.
Bollywood superstar Vidya Balan, who is not part of any franchise in the Indian Premier League, seems to be a big fan of the tournament and the game of cricket.
She believes that cricketers have become more stylish since the beginning of the Indian Premier League.
“Cricketers have become more stylish since the IPL has come in. They have this additional pressure now. Earlier it was all focus on cricket,” Vidya was quoted as saying to India Today ahead of the opening match between RCB and SRH on Wednesday.
The beautiful actress also revealed that she is a big fan of the Mumbai Indians. Kolkata Knight Riders is her second favourite team not only because of Shah Rukh Khan but because of the Bengal connect.
Vidya said “I love Lasith Malinga. They have Harbhajan as well. The next best team for me is KKR and not just because it’s SRK’s team but (because of) the Bengal connect”
The National Award-winning actress also said that movies now look for release during IPL because it’s a great opportunity for promotion.
“Films now look for release during IPL because it’s a great promotion opportunity. Earlier, films avoided being released because of cricket.”
Vidya is a major cricket buff and her heart stops when India play against Pakistan but she is yet to watch a game in the stadium. However, that is on her wishlist.
“I have never managed to watch a game in a stadium so far but (I hope to do that) sometime in the future.”