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Top 5 most viewed cricket matches

Here is a look at the top 5 most viewed cricket matches in the history of the game.

India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed
Indian captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Cricket is not just a game for the fans who follow it ardently. It has become synonymous to a religion that they worship. They show great enthusiasm and intensity when certain rivalries take the center stage – be it the Ashes or the India Pakistan rivalry. The temperatures are bound to soar when these sides lock horns. It is often wondered how can one estimate the build up and hype for such rivalries.

One such parameter is by having a look at the numbers that matter. Well, the number of people that tune in for the matches is a clear number to point out which match has been a smash hit. This is similar to the box office collections for the movie releases or the TRP for the television shows. For instance, the Champions Trophy 2017 league stage game between India and Pakistan garnered record viewership for the tournament.

When the two sides were set to meet in the finals again, the numbers were expected to be on the rise. The calculations would certainly reveal how successful the final clash ends up being. For now, here is a look at the top 5 most viewed cricket matches in the history of the game:

5) 2015 WC group game between India & SA — 300 million Unique Viewers

Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni of Indi
Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

When the Indian team clashed with South Africa in the Group B encounter of ICC World Cup 2015, the hype around the game was immense. South Africa were being tipped as the favorites to win the match considering their rampaging form. But it was the MS Dhoni-led side that emerged victorious.

The men in blue posted a mammoth 307 runs in their 50 overs after batting first. Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 137 to his name and was well supported by Ajinkya Rahane’s quick 79. In response, the South African team ended up bundling out for a mere 177 with Ravichandran Ashwin bagging 3/41.

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