Pakistan and India T20 World Cup match creates viewership record

Previously, the 2016 ICC World T20 semi-final between India and West Indies was the most viewed T20I match.

The Pakistan and India match is always the centre of attention at any International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament. It is often considered,”the final before the final.” Discussions around the match involving top journalists and legendary former cricketers always kick-off weeks before the match.

The two teams have only got to face each other in ICC tournaments in the recent years due to the tension between the two countries. Arguably, the cricket’s biggest rivalry has each and every cricket fan hooked onto the action. Not just Pakistan and India but fans around the globe don’t want to miss the exciting encounter.

The October 24th clash between the arch-rivals has created new viewership record. According to a spokesperson of the Star India network, the official broadcaster of the event, the India and Pakistan clash is now the most viewed T20I match.

“The India-Pakistan match has created history by clocking a record reach of 167 million viewers, making it the most viewed T20I match till date. We have continually strived to grow the audience base for marquee Cricket and this record is a testament to our efforts across high-decibel campaigns, enhanced storytelling, dedicated regional programming, and consumer innovations,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that the result of the match and India’s exit from the tournament disappointed fans but the record viewership displays the unique power of Cricket to engage audiences at an unprecedented scale,” the Star India spokesperson added.

Previously, the 2016 ICC World T20 semi-final between India and West Indies was the most viewed T20I match. The other top four most viewed T20I matches include:

  • India vs Australia – 131 million viewers
  • India vs Bangladesh – 113 million viewers
  • India vs Pakistan (2016) – 112 million viewers
  • India vs New Zealand (2016) – 94 million viewers

What are your views on this? Share in the comments bar below. 

  • This match always creates a great viewership it’s more like a war situation between two countries. the power of sports especially cricket can never be ignored when it comes to the matches between two rival countries.


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