On November 16, 2023, in Mumbai, Disney+Hotstar made history once more, achieving a record peak of 53 million viewers during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final between India and New Zealand.
Virat Kohli marked his 50th ODI century in this match, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries in the ODI format. The exceptional Indian team remains unbeaten in the tournament and is just one match away from securing the coveted trophy.
Let’s review how Team India has performed in the ICC Cricket Men’s World Cup 2023 up to now:
- Team India bowled out Sri Lanka and South Africa for double-digit scores in victories.
- Rohit Sharma, known as ‘The Hitman,’ now leads with 51 sixes in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, surpassing Chris Gayle.
- Virat Kohli, also known as ‘King Kohli,’ is the top scorer with 711 runs in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 runs.
- Mohammad Shami achieved a milestone by becoming the first Indian bowler to take 7 wickets in a single match in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Regarding this, Sajith Sivanandan, Head of Disney+Hotstar India, stated:
“It’s not just Team India breaking records with their 10th straight win at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Indian fans are also tuning into Disney+ Hotstar in unprecedented numbers.”
”Their incredible passion has led us to shatter the peak concurrency record four times during this tournament, setting new benchmarks in live sports streaming.”
”The 5.3 cr concurrent viewers for India’s semifinal against New Zealand exceeds the combined population of Australia and New Zealand by more than 1.5 times!”
”This milestone is not just a triumph of technology but a testament to our viewers’ unwavering support. With the final just around the corner, we look forward to bringing the nation together to witness the making of sporting history.”
In partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC), Disney+Hotstar introduced MaxView, a technological innovation enabling cricket fans to watch the game in a vertical mode (9X14 portrait view).
This marks the first time in streaming cricket history. MaxView offers a one-handed viewing experience, catering to the common way users consume content.
It’s a new, customized opt-in feature, and additional features like the Live feed tab and Scorecard tab are also accessible in vertical mode, along with vertical ad formats.