If you are reading this, chances are that you are a cricket fan. But how many of your friends and family also understand and appreciate the sport? While it might not be as popular as some other sports out there, there’s no denying that cricket is one of the most watched sports in the world. We bet you didn’t know that cricket is so widely-viewed across different parts of the globe. Cricket has a huge following, both live and televised, in countries like India, England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. And with these countries producing some of the best players on the planet right now, they will continue to dominate the scene for many years to come.
Cricket is the Most Watched Sport in the World
As we mentioned earlier, cricket is by far the most watched sport in the world. According to a study done by Sony Liv - a digital entertainment platform - the sport was found to be the most watched sport across the globe in terms of both internet and TV viewership. More than a billion people watch the sport on TV and online every year. In the “How Indian Fans Watch Cricket” survey, it was found that almost all respondents (95%) watch the sport on TV, while 95% also use the internet to catch up on their favorite sports.
India Loves Cricket
When it comes to cricket, no one is ahead of the rest. With a population that is crazy about the sport, it’s no surprise that India tops the list when it comes to cricket viewership. More than 90% of those surveyed said they loved cricket and watched the sport regularly. With a billion-strong population, there’s no doubt that cricket is the most watched sport in the country. Apart from being a regular viewers, Indians also participate in cricket regularly. From coaching classes for kids to separate leagues for adults, the sport is played in almost every nook and cranny of the country. And with the Indian Premier League (IPL) one of the most prestigious cricket leagues in the world being played in the country, cricket fans will continue to rejoice for many years to come.
England Loves Cricket
England isn’t just home to a large population of cricket fans, but it is also where the sport was invented in the first place. The popularity of the sport across the country is so immense that people in England are even more invested in the sport than they are in their national team. While most people in the country watch cricket regularly, a large percentage of them also participate in the sport by playing in their teams and leagues. Cricket is so popular in the country that even kids aged 6 and below are taught how to play the sport. So, it comes as no surprise that England is second on the list when it comes to cricket viewership.
Australia Loves Cricket
Cricket is so widely watched and loved in Australia that it isn’t just a sport it’s almost a religion. It’s estimated that almost 90% of the country’s population loves the sport and follows it religiously. From kids to adults, almost everyone in the country is expected to know how to play cricket because it is taught to them at a very young age. Kids all across the country are expected to participate in the sport as part of their school curriculum and are expected to attain a certain level of proficiency so that they don’t embarrass themselves or their team in a match. With a population that is so crazy about the sport, it comes as no surprise that cricket is the most watched sport in the country.
New Zealand Loves Cricket
Cricket might not have been invented in New Zealand, but the sport is so widely watched and played in the country that it might as well be the national sport. With over 94% of the population loving cricket, it is the number one sport in the country by a wide margin. Throughout the year, New Zealanders can be found playing in local cricket leagues or watching their favorite teams competing in the latest league. The sport is so popular in the country that even kids are expected to play cricket. It is one of the most played sports among children in the country.
South Africa Loves Cricket
While cricket might be the most loved sport in New Zealand, it is closely followed by football in South Africa. Nevertheless, cricket is a close second with almost 93% of the population being fans of the sport. Although the sport is most loved in the country, South Africa is one of the rare countries where cricket is also the most watched sport. While people in the country love to play cricket, they also like to watch international games involving cricket’s top teams.
Cricket is by far the most watched sport in the world. While the majority of cricket fans are found in the Asian countries of India, England, Australia and New Zealand, the sport has a huge fanbase in South Africa as well. Cricket is a sport that brings people from different cultures and backgrounds together and it will be interesting to see how far the sport's popularity travels in the future.