IPL 2021: MI-CSK Match Recorded As Most Watched Mid-Season Game In IPL History; Most Viewed Match This Season As Well
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IPL 2021: MI-CSK Match Recorded As Most Watched Mid-Season Game In IPL History; Most Viewed Match This Season As Well

Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard [Image-IPLT20]

Match number 27 of IPL 2021, between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings, became the most-watched midseason game ever in the history of the tournament.

The match took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, where Kieron Pollard bludgeoned the CSK bowlers to chase down the target of 219 on the last ball of the game, recorded 11.2 billion minutes, according to the data from BARC, and is the most viewed game in the mid-phase of any IPL season.

Coming in to bat at number 5 on the score of 81/3 in 9.4 overs, the West Indian smashed the CSK bowlers all around the stadium in his 34-ball stay for 18 runs to complete an epic chase.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unsurprisingly, it is also the most-watched game in IPL 2021 hitherto, before the tournament was last week owing to the outbreak of covid-19 cases in four franchises.

The 14th edition of the IPL surpassed the 357 million reach in the entire season last year and currently stands at an overall reach of 367 million, with about half of the tournament left to be played.

“The growth in numbers is a testament to the faithful fan following that IPL enjoys and the continuous effort by Star and Disney to innovate and grow the league each year,” a Disney-Star source told TOI.

If we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to INR 2500 crore: Sourav Ganguly

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President, Sourav Ganguly, has hinted at losses amounting to around INR 2500 crore if the IPL 2021 couldn’t be completed.

IPL, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

The BCCI is eyeing a short window before or after the T20 World Cup, which runs from mid-October to mid-November, for the remainder of the IPL 2021. However, the teams won’t be able to have the services of all of the signed overseas players, in particular the English, Australian, and Kiwi players owing to their international commitments.

“Lot of things are involved and we will slowly start working on them. If we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to INR 2500 crore (USD 340 million approx). That is going by early estimates,” Ganguly was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying.

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