The IPL 2020 opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings this year was the most viewed game across sports league around the world. CSK won the game by beating MI by five wickets. The BCCI was quick to share the information across social media as well.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah tweeted: “Opening match of #Dream11IPL sets a new record! As per BARC, an unprecedented 20crore people tuned in to watch the match. Highest ever opening day viewership for any sporting league in any country- no league has ever opened as big as this”.
Opening match of #Dream11IPL sets a new record!
As per BARC, an unprecedented 20crore people tuned in to watch the match. Highest ever opening day viewership for any sporting league in any country- no league has ever opened as big as this. @IPL @SGanguly99 @UShanx @DisneyPlusHS
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 22, 2020
The Indian audience was deprived of watching their favourite sport for six months and thus this information comes in as no surprise.
“Crowds will watch it on television…they (the broadcasters) are actually expecting the highest rating of IPL this season because they believe if (people) don’t turn up in the ground, they will be actually watching on their television sets,” Ganguly said while delivering an online session.
IPL 2020 Opener Turned Out To Be a Last-Over Thriller
The IPL 2020 opener turned out to be a close contest. Meanwhile, the result of the game being decided in the final over of the match.
There have been three games played in the IPL 2020 so far and all three went right down to the wire. The fans also got to see a Super Over finish in the second game, which was pretty early in the tournament.
CSK play their second game of the season against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah today. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will play their second game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on September 23, Wednesday.
Currently, Royal Challengers Bangalore are sitting at the top of the points table courtesy their win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Monday. CSK and DC are sitting second and third respectively in the points table.