Exciting variations in this year’s VIVO IPL’s wrap around show on Sony MAX, Sony SIX & SONY ESPN
Having transformed the face of cricket analysis with its previous seasons, ‘Extraaa Innings T20’ is all geared up to keep cricket enthusiasts glued to their television sets with fresh faces, a new theme and latest additions.
Bringing new faces to the table, Rochelle Rao and Pallavi Sharda will be seen upping the glamour quotient along with veterans Gaurav Kapur and Samir Kochhar as they host EI T20. Rochelle, an ex-Miss India and an avid follower of the game is all set to return to the show after hosting other domestic T20 leagues in the interim. She will be accompanied by a fresh Bollywood face, Pallavi Sharda, who has wowed the audience with her acting stint with movies like Besharam and Hawaizada. Pallavi is an Australian born actress with Indian roots and has been a cricket lover throughout her life.
Along with the hosts, audience will be privy to expert comments of cricketing legends with the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Gavaskar, Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja, Murali Kartik, Isa Guha, Atul Wassan, Vijay Dahiya, Vivek Razdan, Devang Gandhi and Ayaz Memon.
This year ‘Extraaa Innings T20’ will resonate with the theme of the VIVO IPL campaign, “Ek India Happywala’. Keeping it interactive, the show will invite individuals from different walks of life who have contributed in more ways than one in increasing the country’s happiness quotient. Remarkable people from fields like the armed forces, education, sports, etc., will inspire our viewers with their heartwarming stories.
Neeraj Vyas, Senior EVP & Business Head, Sony MAX cluster:
“Extraaa Innings T20 has always been engaging and we are taking it a notch higher this year with more interactivity and innovations. This season with Rochelle and Pallavi as presenters, who apart from being extremely entertaining are also passionate cricket buffs, will bring the high octane action of VIVO IPL into India’s living rooms, straight from the stadium”.
“I have been the part of IPL since its inception. After hosting the first season I fell in love with it and since then there has been no looking back”. Talking about the ‘Ek India Happywala’ campaign thought he says, “It is very emotional and connects with the audience on a different level. It spreads an atmosphere of happiness and joy by keeping the spirit of real India alive”.
“The game of cricket really intrigues me and I am very excited to be back on Extraaa Innings T20. This year around the theme of the campaign, Ek India Happywala is going to make the tête-à-tête on the show even more interesting.”
“It feels wonderful to be doing the biggest live show on television. Cricket has always had a special place in my heart and I loved my last stint on the show immensely. I have matured as an entertainer and I'm looking to bring that added dimension to the show this time around’
“I love cricket and growing up in Australia it was a huge part of how I identified with Indian culture. I’m very excited to be a part of Extraaa Innings. It’s a great show which is both entertaining and informative. I’m obviously a little nervous, but hopefully the buzz on the ground of my first match will take the jitters away.”