IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Match Shutters Opening Day Viewership Record for Any Sports League
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which last week set a new audience world record in the playing field with a game between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The MI vs CSK game saw an unprecedented 200 million people tuning into their television sets to face two IPL heavyweights, making it the most watched opening game of any sports league worldwide. Announcing the news, Jai Shah, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted: “The opening of the match of # Dream11 IPL set a new record! According to BARC, an unprecedented 200 million people are ready to watch the match. “The viewership for any sports league in any country – no league has ever opened so big.”
Opening match of # Dream11IPL Sets a new record!
According to the BARC, an unprecedented 200 million people were ready to watch the match. The highest Opening Day viewership for any sports league in any country – no league has ever opened so big. @IPL @ SGanguly99 @UShanx @DisneyPlusHS
– Jai Shah (@Jayshah) September 22, 2020
For six months, Indian spectators deprived of any live sporting action, including their local stars, had been waiting for the tournament.
So this news is something that most people expected, including BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who said a few weeks before the tournament started that he expected the IPL 2020 to break all the spectator records this year.
“Crowd will see it on television … They (the broadcasters) are really expecting the highest ratings of the IPL this season because they believe that if (people) don’t come on the field, they will actually be watching their television Will be watching on set., “Ganguly said while giving an online lecture.
Apart from attracting a world record audience, the IPL 2020 opener also met the expectations of all the fans and held a nail-biting competition, which kept them from their seats throughout the match.
In the end, MS Dhoni’s men outperformed defending champions Mumbai Indians, who registered a five-wicket victory to avenge their one-run defeat at the summit last year.
(With PTI inputs)