For the past decade, the Indian Premier League has always been the cynosure of all eyes. Be it on and off the field, the glitzy and glamorous IPL does not only surround the fast bowlers or power-hitters, but also some of the charming and gorgeous female sports presenters that can grab the limelight anytime they're in front of the television. (WATCH VIVO IPL 2018, MI VS CSK MATCH)
The IPL hosts and anchors over the years sparkle confidence and pride and do know a way to get their message disseminated to masses in a simple manner. A smile is enough from any of the anchors to charm the hearts of the fans and the players as well. As we commence with the 11th edition of the IPL, here are the charming ladies who have dazzled the fans with their grace over the years. (PHOTOS: HOT IPL ANCHORS)
Archana Vijaya is currently the face that is constantly present and known to all cricket fans in India as she began her IPL journey in 2011 and was a constant feature till 2015. Archana is mostly known for her association with cricket shows and is seen quite often in the IPL Extraaa Innings. She travels with cricket teams in various parts of the country and it has been her smile that has captivated the Indian audience.
A host, anchor, Bollywood actress, fashion designer, model and television presenter, Mandira Bedi is popularly known as the person who can walk and talk cricket. Mandira is cricket enthusiast as she has previously hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003 and 2007, Champions trophy in 2004 and 2006. She is beloved and adored by the Indian cricket fans despite Mandira anchoring only one season of the IPL in 2009. The classy and sassy anchor's spell charmed the fans in the one year that she was present.
The Pune-born actor has bowled fans over with her looks and varied knowledge about the sport as she has appeared in five seasons of the IPL from 2011 to 2015. Dandekar was well respected and admired across the cricket-obsessed subcontinent. The Bollywood diva's presence in the IPL had a different charm as it was duly noticeable that cricket flows through her veins when she talks to the players.
Rochelle Maria Rao
Indian model and anchor Rochelle Rao had a brief stint with the Indian Premier League but her presence was endearing and captivating. A model who has featured in the Kingfisher Calender has also been a part of various TV Shows and was also a contestant on Bigg Boss 9 in 2016 where she was the third runner-up. Rochelle was crowned Miss India International in 2012 as well. The model brought in a certain charm and knowledge during her brief stint in the Indian Premier League in 2015-16.
An Australian born actress and an IPL hosts, Pallavi Sharda has captivated the interest of the Indian cricket fans with her charming and charismatic cricket knowledge. The alluring actress has played a cameo in the movie My Name is Khan and was a part of the movie Love Breakups Zindagi.
Karishma Kotak anchored the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013. Kotak was alongside Shibani Dandekar and Rochelle Rao that year and the stunning London born Indian origin has left a certain spell that has left the fans wanting more. The diva has featured in the Kingfisher Calendar in the 2006 edition.
A former cricketer, Isa Guha was a part of the England team that won the Women's World Cup in India back in 2009. The Indian origin has been a regular in the IPL as the former cricketer's analysis and opinions are well respected by the fans and players.
Shonali Nagrani, who is an entertainment television presenter has appeared in the IPL and her grace and knowledge has enchanted the cricket fans. Shonali was the first runner-up in Miss India International in 2003 and has been a part of the cash-rich T20 League for four consecutive years. She also hosted the Champions trophy in 2006 and acts as an analyist in cricket shows.
She was the first anchor of the Indian Premier League and before that the South Indian actress was a VJ on SS Music. Lekha also hosted a popular show PCO and has also hosted the Canadian T20 on International television. She is a huge avid fan of two-time champions Chennai Super Kings as well.
The glamorous sports presenter, who is married to India all-rounder Stuart Binny, is one of the most well-known faces of Indian sports broadcasting. Over the years, Mayanti has hosted several big events like 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2014 Indian Super League and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Apart from cricket, she also has keen interest in football. Mayanti, who is associated with Star Sports, is likely to host the upcoming 11th season of the Indian Premier League.