The Indian Premier League has not only created the best batting, bowling, fielding, strike rates, and averages records. But it also has one record reserved for the most views of the match.
The IPL has been watched by millions worldwide, and that is why this cash-rich league tournament is the best and most successful league in the world right now.
Although the half of the season was postponed due to the COVID 19 threat in India, this match between the two most dangerous IPL teams had created a world record in the 14th edition. The match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in 2021 was the most-watched encounter on television sets and live streaming services.
The state government of Maharashtra had imposed a lockdown when the 2021 IPL season was started. The lockdown was on the weekends, and that’s when this match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings was played. The lockdown too played a major role in building the viewership of the people around India.
The overall contest between the five-time champion and the three-time champion team is the most awaited one in the IPL history since the first season.
This season too, this contest was a much waited one for the yellow army and blue army fans. That’s the reason why MI Vs CSK become the most viewed match even when the entire season was not complete.
The report of BARC state that the match played between Mumbai and Chennai was the most watched game in the mid-season of the IPL 2021 edition. They played this game at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium on the eve of Maharashtra Day on May 1st, 2021. The lockdown was imposed, and it was a Saturday as well. So the viewers had the time to watch this thrilling encounter.
In this match, over 400 runs were scored in the 40 overs, which was bowled by both teams. Rayadu, Moeen Ali, and Faf Du Plessis slammed their fifties which powered CSK to score 220 runs after they batted first.
But in reply, MI had a good opening start on a flat deck which didn’t assist the Yellow Army bowlers. Rohit and De Kock put a quick 71 runs on the board. But later, MI lost their way in between.
That’s when Krunal played a small cameo, and Mumbai Indians also got the Pollard power to finish the innings on a high, and that also helped them chase down this mammoth score set by CSK. Pollard’s unbeaten 87 runs gave Mumbai a thumping win of four wickets.
The HOTSTAR mobile application had a view of 11.2 billion millions of the match between CSK and MI. It also becomes the most viewed encounter in the mid-season of this cash-rich league tournament. It also had 367 million views, and it was more than the last IPL 2020 season.
The mid-season views mean the opening and final match of that IPL season is not considered. However, this T20 league tournament has enjoyed the growth of rising viewership every year. That is because the royal and loyal fans of the IPL and the Star Sports Networks and HOTSTAR mobile app have given their continuous efforts every year, which has helped this T20 tournament to innovate and grow.