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2007 WC winning star share views on upcoming Ind-Pak clash

The evening of October 24 will see the Dubai International Stadium house one of the most historic and mouth-watering clashes in cricketing history as the Virat Kohli-led Team India will lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday.

After almost a two-year hiatus, Virat Kohli and Co. face-off against Babar Azam-led Pakistan in this highly anticipated encounter which will also be the Indian skipper’s swansong with the captaincy tag. Pakistan is yet to get a one-up over their rivals in World Cups as the head-to-head has been heavily dominated by the Men in Blue.

However, both teams have entered the tournament with a fresh perspective, filled to the brim with enormous young talent and the hunger and eagerness to prove themselves on the biggest stage of them all.

Virat will be eyeing a huge victory over their rivals to establish their foothold, which will also set the precedent and momentum in the marquee tournament. The mentorship of MS Dhoni will help in resonating a positive mindset and confidence amongst the Indian team.

Exceptional performances topped by victories in the two warm-up games against England and Australia have been massive boosts for young talents like Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Rahul Chahar, who have showcased their talent and skill ahead of the opener. The opening pair of KL Rahul and ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma have shown their prowess and never cease to impress.

Jasprith Bumrah’s magic with the white ball will be looking to shut down the dangerous early efforts of Babar Azam with the bat.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, former Team India all-rounder Irfan Pathan spoke about Virat Kohli’s men in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“I think nobody expected anything from the 2007 team, but there are a lot of expectations from the current World Cup squad. The new team has expectations and experience. When we entered the 2007 T20 World Cup, we hardly had the experience of playing in T20 format. But now, things are different, people play IPL, they play a lot of T20 games and there are a lot of conversations around T20 format,” Pathan expressed.

“In 2007, there was no social media, but now there is social media, so there are lot of conversations around performances and memes. I think the boys know that there are lot of expectations from them and they know how to handle it,” he added.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, veteran Team India wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik spoke about the Indian squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, “I completely agree with what Irfan said. It’s completely different in terms of handling pressure, but one thing is very different today to what it was in 2007 is the fact that they have plenty of IPL experience and they have played in high pressure games and they have played in matches which are – when it comes to pressure, it’s second to none.”

Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, RP Singh, Ajit Agarkar aslo shared their thoughts on who will be Team India’s X factor in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Gautam Gambhir: “Jasprit Bumrah!”

Harbhajan Singh: “I think if I have to choose one, I will Rohit Sharma. I think he’s going to be the key!”

Dinesh Karthik: “I will put my money on Hardik Pandya and Varun Chakravarthy. I think these two can make the difference in T20 World Cup.”

Ajit Agarkar: “Rohit Sharma & Jasprit Bumrah. I think Rohit could be the key, opening the innings and Bumrah with what he does.”

RP Singh: “Jasprit Bumrah!”

Irfan Pathan: “I think Jasprit Bumrah and his opposite end. I think the two bowlers who will bowl in the last overs are crucial.”

Record-breaker and captain of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam is the perfect example of ‘letting the bat do the talking’. His 50 off 41 balls against the West Indies in the warm-up game is a warning sign for India because once the 27-year-old gets going with the bat, he transforms into a beast, who is very difficult to contain.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez bring a comforting amount of experience to the Pakistani side, their previous meetings with India in past world cups will be a definite advantage for the team. Shaheen Afridi, a 21-year-old prospect proven in the Pakistan Super League, has dished out top performances in both warm-up games by picking up a total of 4 wickets. Hasan Ali looks to be the standout pacer for the Men in Green.

The lanky pacer excels at a slower wicket in the UAE, his variations and lengths will be a tough task for the Indian batters to manage against.

Star Sports unveils official promo for French Open 2021

In the lead up to Roland Garros 2021, Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster, has unveiled its official promo ahead of the tournament that is all set to air from May 30, 2021, 2.30 PM onwards exclusively on Star Sports Select and Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

Capitalizing on the rugged format of the red clay-court tournament, the broadcaster epitomized the sporting excellence with emphasis on the journey of individual players, who have created a name for themselves in the history of the fabled event.

The promo – ‘Where The Greatest Leave Their Mark’ – encapsulates how the red clay courts demand peak physical conditioning, with extreme agility, dexterity, and perseverance. Only the select few who withstand these conditions and overcome the physical and mental challenges, leave their mark in history.

The ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal has sounded a warning signal two weeks from the defense of his Roland Garros crown defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday. Nadal, who enters Roland Garros as the hot favourite, will be chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer resumes his injury comeback and will enter Paris after playing at the Geneva Open this week in a bid to build up his fitness. In the women’s field, reigning champion Iga Swiatek looks confident to defend her crown after her crushing 6-0, 6-0 win over Karolina Pliskova in the Italian Open final.

Roland Garros stands for its rich history and fans can enjoy all the live action from their favourite tennis players on Star Sports Select, home to several premium international sports, with a top-notch viewing experience.

IPL 2021: Google signs web stories partnership with Disney+ Hotstar

Google, world’s most popular search engine, has signed a web stories partnership with Disney+ Hotstar for the ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After the partnership, Google users, who search #IPL or their favourite teams, will get live in-game web story match highlights during and after the game directly from Disney+ Hotstar.

“Excited to share our first ever #ipl2021 #webstories partnership with Hotstar live for every game this season. Just Search #IPL or your favourite team to get live in-game web story match highlights during and after the game directly from Hotstar,” Google Head of Search Product Partnerships, APAC Anuvrat Rao shared in a LinkedIn post.

“This compliments the ability to get official live stream links and post game highlights that have become a staple each season. Massive congrats to my stellar team of Prashant Kumar Nandita Rao Karan Agarwal along with the incredible team at Hotstar for pulling this off. Glad that during these difficult #covid times, with #socialdistancing and fans missing out on the action in stadiums, we are able to do our part to bring more of the #IPL magic to your homes directly,” he added.

In the ongoing season, which will witness 60 games, a record 115 number of brands will be seen across the Star Sports network channels and Disney+ Hotstar during the LIVE broadcast and programming.

Notably of these 115 brands, 18 lie within the sponsor category.

IPL 2021: When & where to watch live telecast of MI vs RCB

The yearly T20 extravaganza — Indian Premier League (IPL) is back home after being staged in the UAE last year due to the pandemic and the first affair of the lucrative league promises a mouth watering contest between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday.

While the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai side will aim for their sixth title, Virat Kohli & Co. will surely look to end their trophy drought.

With just few hours left for the clash, Sportzfront explains how you can enjoy the thrilling contest.

To watch IPL online-

Disney+Hotstar VIP will provide live-streaming of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore.

IPL live on Jio TV-

Reliance Jio has launched a special IPL pack, which is available for its postpaid users. If one opts for these packages, the Disney+ Hostar access will be available to him for a year. The prices of these special IPL postpaid packages range from Rs 401 to Rs 2,599. Apart from the year-long Disney+ Hotstar service, these packages also include a data quota also.

To watch the match live on TV?

Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi will provide live telecasts of all the IPL 2021 matches in India.

Timing of match between MI vs RCB –

The match between Mumbai and Bangalore will start at 7:30 PM IST while the toss whill be held held at 7:00 IST.

For online live updates of the match –

Although a number of websites will be providing the live updates, IPLT20.COM will be the authentic place being the offical website of the tournament.

Star Sports set to break all revenue records in the history of IPL

The yearly cricket carnival may still be a week away but the official broadcaster of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) — Star Sports will definatley be delighted a lot with the way things have panned for them.

After a season outside India, the IPL is back home and the entire inventory of Star Sports has been sold out – that too, at a price even higher than the last season, when all the viewership records in the history of the league were broken.

In the upcoming season, which will witness 60 games, a record 115 number of brands will be seen across the Star Sports network channels and Disney+ Hotstar during the LIVE broadcast and programming.

Notably of these 115 brands, 18 lie within the sponsor category.

Even when Star had stopped its ad sales a week before the league last year, the total number of brands associated with it were 108, seven less than this year.

The ad sales revenue, which was Rs 3100 crore in 2020 season, which was held in UAE due to pandemic, is expected to cross Rs 3600 crore this year with 115 brands on board.

It is worth noting that each co-Presenting sponsorship deal has been signed at a range between Rs 115-120 crore and the associate Sponsors are coming on board at Rs 55-65 crore levels.

Not only Star is raking big with the broadcast sponsors but Live Streaming partner Disney+Hotstar has also signed 10 deals already.

For the Live Streaming, Dream11 is the co-presenting sponsor, and Upstox & Vimal Elaichi are co-powered by sponsors. On the other hand, brands like PhonePe, AMFI, Unacademy, Pharmeasy, Livspace, Swiggy, and Parle Agro have been signed as associate sponsors.

Although Star has increased the ad rates for for on-air packages by almost 15-20 percent – but that hasn’t deterred the brands to sign up as advertiser for the upcoming 14th season. While Star sold its inventory somewhere between Rs 11-11.5 lakh per 10 seconds in 2020, it has now seen a hike as it this time it was sold between Rs 13 to 13.5 lakh for per 10 seconds.
Significantly, the viewership of IPL saw an increase of 23 percent in 2020 despite the global economic slowdown. This is the reason why despite increasing its ad rates, brands have been desperate to join the bangwagon and so, Star has received such a phenomenal response from the market.

CoinSwitch Kuber becomes associate sponsor of Disney+ Hotstar for IPL 2021

CoinSwitch Kuber, a cryptocurrency investment platform, has announced a partnership with Disney+ Hotstar.

After the development, CoinSwitch Kuber, which has over 3.5 million users will be the associate sponsor on Disney+ Hotstar for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season and the company will also launch a new ad campaign on the OTT platform.

Alos, CoinSwitch Kuber’s logo will be placed across all the promotional activities initiated by Disney+ Hotstar.

Ashish Singhal, CEO and Co-founder, CoinSwitch Kuber, said: “With the massive momentum in the crypto markets, we feel it is time to seize the opportunity and go big. The upcoming T20 series on Disney+ Hotstar is the ultimate medium for us to initiate a conversation around cryptocurrencies as it perfectly captures our TG – young, upward and mobile Indians who are technology savvy.”

“Through this partnership, we hope to make them aware about cryptocurrencies as a rewarding investment option and CoinSwitch as their platform of choice for investing in crypto,” he added.

Disney+ Hotstar VIP launches new campaign for VIVO IPL 2021

The upcoming 14th edition of the cash-rich VIVO Indian Premier league (IPL) is just round the corner and before the cricketing fever takes over the nation, Disney+ Hotstar VIP on Tuesday rolled out an exciting new campaign – ‘Entertainment Ka All-Rounder’.

Conceptualized by DDBMudra Group, these new films feature popular actors Ajay Devgan and Tamannaah Bhatia; each in a recognizable disguise, as they try to convince people to watch their soon-to-release titles on Disney+ Hotstar VIP rather than just focusing on LIVE cricket action.

Ajay stars as Sudarshan and Tamannaah as Manickam, both are put in everyday office situations as they praise their work only to be informed of the platform’s expansive content offering. The quirky campaign signifies the fierce battle that will be fought between the biggest superstars – on & off the cricketing field as they try to win the viewers’ attention.

Commenting on the campaign, Sidharth Shakdher, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Disney+ Hotstar said in a statement: “Disney+ Hotstar is the default digital platform for sports in India today, and this year, when India comes to us for Vivo IPL 2021, we will give them a no-holds-barred entertainment experience – Cricketainment in its truest form. Based on the insight that cricketainment is tantamount to having the best of both worlds, we wanted this campaign to reinforce that we are the only OTT brand that offers Vivo IPL 2021 and LIVE sports, along with the latest movies and original shows.”

“And to drive home this message in a fun, memorable and entertaining way, we are launching our campaign ‘Entertainment Ka All-Rounder’ which breaks through the clutter by using never-seen-before avatars of Ajay Devgan and Tamannaah Bhatia,” he added.

Starting April 9, all LIVE matches of Vivo IPL 2021 will be exclusively available to new and existing subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP (INR 399/- for 12 months) and Disney+ Hotstar Premium (INR 1499/- for 12 months). Fans will be able to enjoy commentary in 8 languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bangla, Malayalam and an exclusive feed in Marathi.

As cricket fever takes over the country, Disney+ Hotstar VIP will soon be home to some of the most anticipated titles of the year including mega blockbuster films that will directly release on the platform (The Big Bull, Bhuj: The Pride of India), the best of global movies and shows (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, upcoming exclusive Hotstar Specials shows in seven languages (Special Ops 1.5, Season 2 of Aarya) and much more; that promise a full year of quality entertainment.

These ad-films have been rolled out in 3 languages – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and are available on Disney+ Hotstar VIP’s digital platforms.

IPL 2021: Disney+ Hotstar brings on-board 10 sponsors

Disney+ Hotstar is all set to increase the IPL bandwagon as before the start of IPL 2021, it has already roped in as many as 10 sponsors for this year’s edition of the cash-rich league.

While Dream11 is the ‘Co-presenting Sponsor’, Upstox and Vimal Pan Masala are the ‘Co-powered By’ sponsors.

On the other hand, Phone Pe, Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), Unacademy, Pharmeasy, Livspace, Swiggy and Parle Agro are the Associate Sponsors.

Commenting on the upcoming season, Star & Disney India President – Ad Sales Nitin Bawankule said: “IPL is a prime sporting property that provides advertisers an opportunity for real-time consumer engagement on Disney+ Hotstar. Going by the response from the market, IPL 2021 promises to be an even more significant opportunity for brands. All key features such as Super 4s, Super 6s, Fall Of Wickets, Milestones, and Super Savers have sold out within a short period, and we see early closures across categories.”

“With a host of innovative advertising formats, targeting on connected TVs, and custom branded content solutions, brands have the unique opportunity to reach a highly engaged and affluent audience through the sharp targeting options available on live sports,” he added.

The series will be streamed on Disney+ Hotstar in five languages – English, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil and will be exclusively available to subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP (Rs 399 for 12 months) and Disney+ Hotstar Premium (Rs 1499 for 12 months).

Star India to expand OTT offerings to Singapore from November 1

Cricket fans in Singapore will be able to catch the Indian Premier League action LIVE from the next season on Star India’s OTT platform.

Star India will be launching the Hotstar service in Singapore from November 1.

After a fortnight of new filled with departures from the top management in Star and Disney India and The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific here comes an information about Disney’s business expansion in the continent.

The Hotstar Service, to come at a subscription of S$ 69.98 per annum will be offering the Indian Premier League 2021, Asia Cup, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the year of its launch.

The other offerings will included Star India serials, films, and Hotstar Specials.

Disney and Star India announced the official launch of Hotstar in Singapore.

After operating on an invite-only basis for more than six months in the market for Indian migrant workers, the OTT service is all set for an official launch on November 1.

Singapore is the second South Asian market after Indonesia to get a version of Hotstar. The independent launch of Hotstar suggests that Disney is planning to launch Disney+ as a standalone service in the country.

“With an extensive range of content, featuring the biggest stars and an unparalleled user experience, Hotstar changed the way Indians consume content, quickly becoming the country’s leading streaming service. We are excited to launch Hotstar in collaboration with StarHub, and bring the same world-class service to audiences in Singapore,” said Amit Malhotra, Regional Lead, Emerging Markets, The Walt Disney Company APAC.

“We are thrilled to welcome another top-class streaming app onto StarHub TV+ service as we continue with unabated momentum to add the hottest and freshest content to entertain our customers. As the number one subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in India, Hotstar boasts a myriad of Indian blockbuster films, TV shows, and the highly anticipated Dream11 Indian Premier League Playoffs and Final, complementing StarHub’s existing TV channels to give our customers the best line-up of Tamil and Hindi entertainment content in Singapore,” said Johan Buse, Chief of Consumer Business Group, StarHub.” said Johan Buse, Chief of Consumer Business Group, StarHub.

Star India has also collaborated with Star Hub to make the service available through Indian+ subscription priced at S$15 a month on a 24-month contract or S$25 a month on a 12-month contract.

IPL 2020: Disney+ Hotstar to launch Bangla commentary for all games

As the 13th edition of the Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 paces on, Disney+ Hotstar VIP is set to delight cricket fans once again! Based on popular demand, the IPL 2020 will also be streamed LIVE on Disney+ Hotstar with exclusive Bangla commentary from October 10 with the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab match.
Fans will be able to enjoy every match, every day in Bengali (Bangla, বাংলা) exclusively on the the Star India’s OTT platform.
Ace cricketers from Bengal Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Saradindu Mukherjee will join eminent writers Boria Majumdar, Gautam Bhattacharya, Sanjeeb Mukherjea and Debasis Dutta in the commentary panel.
These commentators are set to bring in real insights, trivia and behind-the-scenes moments from the game in their own unique style. For the first time, subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium will be able to enjoy all matches of Dream11 IPL 2020 in ‘amar bhasha bangla’ and not just matches played by home team Kolkata Knight Riders, states a Press release.
Former cricketer-turned-commentator Laxmi Ratan Shukla said, “As someone who has been a part of previous seasons of the league, I am really excited to be back to Dream11 IPL 2020 as a commentator. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences of the game on Disney+ Hotstar VIP, especially in Bengali so that people truly enjoy every match”
Manoj Tiwary added who was instrumental in Kolkata Knight Riders’ win in 2012 will also be joining in as an exclusive commentator. He said “Who better to commentate the game than someone who has been there and done that! I am thrilled to be part of this years’ league as an official commentator. With the match now being available in Bengali, I am sure that people will enjoy watching it more than before!”
Cricket fans can catch all the LIVE sporting action of Dream 11 IPL 2020 with exclusive Bengali commentary only on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.