India vs Pakistan final, ICC Champions Trophy: Every cricket fan is eagerly waiting for Super Sunday’s high-octane India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy final. But, do you know this exciting cricket duel may also become the most watched ICC match ever? If we look at the data of the past about viewing figures, it is likely that India’s battle with Pakistan in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy may well surpass figures of every ICC match held so far. As per, a report in ESPNCricinfo, citing data by ICC, as of now, the most-watched record is held by India vs Sri Lanka 2011 World Cup final as it got viewership of 558 million.
The second most-watched ICC match was India vs Pakistan match in 2011 World Cup Semi Final as it got viewership of 495 million. And, third most-watched ICC match was India vs Pakistan battle in this 2017 Champions Trophy because it recorded a viewership of 324 million. According to a ESPNCricinfo report, only one sporting event in history has garnered an audience of one billion people watching simultaneously and it was – the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Several times in the past as well, Indian viewers have proved that cricket is no less than a religion in the country, especially so when the arch rivals – India and Pakistan – face each other, the viewership skyrockets. According to data by BARC cited in an Economic Times report, the Champions Trophy one day international (ODI) match played between India and Pakistan on June 4, reached over 20 crore people. However, the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 clocked a cumulative reach of around 411 million.
Only viewers can decide if this high-voltage cricket battle between India and Pakistan will become the most-watched ICC match in cricket history.
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India vs Pakistan final to begin at 3 pm IST. Toss will take place 30 mins prior to the beginning of the clash.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.