The Indian Premier League has always attracted more attention off-field than on-field live action. The reason – those super glitzy and glamorous IPL female anchors who make the game even more watchable (and bearable sometimes) and tend to grab more viewership than the match going on.
IPL is currently in progress with its 11th season and the Sony Max channel continues to lit up with the presence of these hot ladies. Let’s rewind and look back at those divas who make this game even more excitable!
1. Archana Vijaya
The 35-year-old is one of the most recognisable faces of this cricket tournament. Archana carved her niche during the course of her anchoring journey (from 2011-2015). Her witty jokes and great rapport with players make her a favourite. Check out when Virat Kohli was caught staring at her knees:
2. Mandira Bedi
The 46-year-old former actress, TV host and anchor is one of the first females to bring ‘female anchoring’ culture into this male-dominated game. Mandira is a cricket enthusiast who left a lingering impression despite hosting just one season in 2009. The fit anchor’s spell was cast for a long time, when she anchored Twenty20 which was her best shot!
3. Karishma Kotak
The Bigg Boss 6‘ inmate hosted IPL in 2013, and is one of the prettiest hosts till date. Karishma anchored the 6th edition of IPL. The london-based Gujarati left a charming spell, with her fans wanting more. Later, the diva featured in the coveted Kingfisher calendar in 2006.
4. Shibani Dandekar
The 37-year-old Pune-born anchor appeared in IPL from 2011 to 2015. Shibani is well-respected and admired across the cricket world. The Bollywood diva’s natural style and cricket knowledge seemed effortless and she shared a great rapport with players off-field.
5. Rochelle Maria Rao
The 29-year-old Indian model and anchor Rochelle Rao only featured in the IPL season in 2015-2016. The Kingfisher calender model was known for her charm, wide smile and that brief cricket knowledge which she spread with her short, yet dynamic presence.
6. Pallavi Sharda
The 30-year-old Australian born actress and IPL host, Pallavi Sharda captivated the hearts of Indian cricket fans with her endearing cricket knowledge. The actress, who is best remembered for her cameo in ‘My Name is Khan’, was the face of the IPL in 2016. Her dance on ‘Afgan Jalebi‘ was the highlight of her short yet unforgettable presence:
7. Shonali Nagrani
36-year-old Shonali Nagrani is one of the best entertainment television presenters ever in IPL. Her umpteen knowledge in cricket captivated her to the highest ranks in viewership. Shonali was part of the T20 league for four consecutive years since 2011 which she co-hosted with Matt Smith.
8. Lekha Washington
This 34-year old lad is the first anchor of the Indian Premier League and prior to that, Lekha was a south Indian actress-cum-VJ on SS Music. Lekha also hosted the Canadian T20 on International television and is said to a huge supporter of two-time champions Chennai Super Kings. This Ice bucket Challenge video will make you laugh in fits:
9. Mayanti Langer
33-year-old Mayanti Langer is a well-known face of Indian sports broadcasting. She has hosted various sporting events in her career and been a regular face on Star Sports. She is currently hosting the 11th season of the IPL. You’ll enjoy this rapid fire round with Virat Kohli and herself:
10. Isa Guha
The 33-year-old Isha is a former cricketer herself! Isa was a part of the England cricket team that had won the Women’s World Cup in India back in 2009. She has been a regular in the IPL since 2017 and as a cricketer herself, her opinions and analytics are well respected by the fellow cricket enthusiasts.
Good to be back @iplt20 and what a game to cover. Gayle & Dhoni rolling back the years. In these situations you wanted to keep asking questions as there’s so much to talk about but just great to hear from this bloke – always entertaining #Repost @ Post-match presentation Gold from MSD – Classic @mahi7781 style #VIVOIPL #KXIPvCSK
This list is surely interesting and the female anchors with their cricket insights makes it even more sexier. Who is your favourite anchor of all time? Tell us in the comments.