The Craziest Moments From The Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 just took place in New Zealand and Australia.
It was held simultaneously at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia.
And it was pretty darn good to look at.
*AND THE CROWD GOES WILD*
The ceremony had everything a cricket lover could ask for.
Pakistan cricket fans cheering on the performers at the Opening Ceremony.
Of course, it had all the big names of the 2015 World Cup putting on a show.
Sri Lankan bastman Tillakaratne Dilshan with his “smile and wave” game on point.
From the captain of the defending champions, Mahendra Singh Dhoni…
Pictured here standing next to his Pakistani counterpart, Misbah-ul-Haq.
…to Michael Clarke, the skipper of co-hosts Australia.
Eagerly waiting for his turn to smile and wave.
It also had this cool spinning Vine booth.
Look at how wonderfully awkward the usually aggressive captains are! They’re probably not used to having a bit of a laugh around each other.
There were some memorable performances.
New Zealand operatic pop trio Sol3Mio regaling the audiences at Hagley Park.
With something in it for everyone.
The New Zealand Army Band left no stone unturned.
Even the kids got to have a ball.
And even the adults got a chance to be kids again.
The hosts put on a fabulous presentation.
They showed us what they’re all about.
“Welcome to our country, but don’t even think about messing with us when the matches get underway.”
And every team taking part got their moment in the spotlight.
Melbourne dance company Jhoom Bollywood performing a hugely entertaining Indian dance number.
From past champions Sri Lanka…
Performed by The Rangana and Udumbara Dance Troupe.
…to first-timers Afghanistan.
Taqi Khan got everyone groovin’.
But nothing at all, NOTHING WHATSOEVER, could prepare us for THIS.
ENTER GIANT BATSMAN FROM OUTER SPACE.
With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra playing his entrance music, no less.
Turns out the Giant Space Batsman is actually a massive puppet.
Standing at over 5 metres tall, the enormous puppet was expertly controlled by eight puppeteers. Looks like robots aren’t so bad after all.
The puppet walked ominously to the front of the stage, changing colours in true Daft Punk fashion.
While cricket fans and stoners around the world rejoiced.
…it took up its stance…
For Indian cricket buffs, this brought back sweet memories from four years ago.
…and smashed the ball…
OK, there wasn’t really a ball there BUT IT LOOKED SO COOL.
…RIGHT OUT OF THE PARK.
And Ravi Shastri went, “IT’S A MAGNIFICENT STRIKE!”
Smashed it so far out that it ripped a hole in the Australian sky and exploded into fireworks.
Lots of fireworks.
Simply put, the opening ceremony was SPECTACULAR.
And it has got every cricket fan around the world really pumped up for the next month and a half.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Cricket World Cup is officially open.
Take a bow, New Zealand and Australia. Take a bow.
You guys really aced this one.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN.