After Team India wrapped up their evening practice, covers were brought out, enveloping the entire square. Yellow cones dotted the area as dancers hurried for rehearsals, perfecting formations for the grand show featuring 500 of them on the Field of Play.
Sunday promises a spectacular event. Post-toss (1:30 PM IST), the Indian Air Force will salute with a vertical show by nine hawks from the Suryakiran aerobatic team above the Narendra Modi Stadium.
A sneak peek during Friday’s rehearsals hinted at a ten-minute show, a never-seen-before performance before a cricket match. Following this exhilarating air show, attention shifts to a Parade of Champions during halftime, featuring former ODI World Cup-winning captains.
All captains, excluding Imran Khan, will sport special ICC CWC 23 blazers. Clive Lloyd, Kapil Dev, Allan Border, Arjuna Ranatunga, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, MS Dhoni, Michael Clarke, and Eoin Morgan are expected for the felicitation.
The ten-minute Parade of Champions will be followed by a musical show with Pritam, Aditya Gadhavi, and other singers, accompanied by around 500 dancers. The halftime promises an immersive experience with custom floats and choreographed formations to ICC CWC 23 anthems.
Entering the second innings, a 90-second visual countdown using the stadium roof for a laser and lights show is planned. The night concludes with an award-winning fireworks show and 1200 drones illuminating the sky with an aerial Champions board.
Various dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are anticipated for the India vs. Australia title clash. India arrived on Thursday, practicing today, while Australia, fresh from a tight win, reached Ahmedabad today, set to train at the Narendra Modi Stadium tomorrow afternoon.