WC 2015: Pakistan-India clash to be 'most watched game in history of cricket'

The game has been sold out for six months and is expected to attract more than a billion viewers


Web Desk January 13, 2015
Members of the Pakistan cricket team. PHOTO: BCCI

The World Cup match between rivals India and Pakistan will be the most watched game in the history of cricket, according to a report, India Today reported.

The game that will likely bring the Asian subcontinent to a standstill is set to take place in Adelaide, Australia on February 15, has been sold out for six months.

“It will be unlike any cricket match ever seen in Australia,” said an anonymous World Cup official, as quoted by The Australian.

Interestingly, Pakistan has not ever won a match against India during the prestigious tournament – the latter, since 1992 of their first meeting, incidentally when Australia and New Zealand hosted the World Cup – have won all five games.

The clash between the rival countries is “expected to attract more than a billion viewers,” the report added.

The game will “eclipse the 988 million who watched the two neighbouring nations clash in their 2011 World Cup semifinal,” according to The Australian.

India beat Pakistan by a mere 29 runs in that groundbreaking clash, with Indian star player Sachin Tendulkar achieving player of the match, according to ESPN.

COMMENTS (7)

Shahid Butt | 6 years ago | Reply

Could doubters such as Daveed, explain how Pakistan fielders dropped four (4) Tendulkar dollies in that Semi-final? Well make it (5) because Kamran Akmal also fumbled a tough one off the bowling of Afridi! Pakistan batters were then perfectly placed on 70-1 after 13.Overs or so, and then started giving there wickets away playing unnecessary strokes which eventually dried up the runs. Then, the Pakistan batters and management also forgot to take a (batting power play) until Misbah was joined by the tail! Misbah along with Younis Khan batted as if they were battling to save a day (5) test, rather than a ODI match requiring just (4) runs an over!

hasan | 6 years ago | Reply I think the loss in WC 2011 semi final to India taught our fans a lesson. For all their desire of a great muslim victory over "Hindu Banya" and divine heavenly intervention came tumbling down from the skies and placed their feet back on Earth. This time around, the confidence in such favourable superstition seems to be far less and the sentiment far more dim. I would say, just sit back tight, dont take stress of who wins and who loses and just enjoy the game. I know the odds are massively against it but i am just having a funny feeling that something unexpected is going to happen.
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