The most awaited IPL 2020 finally kick-started on September 19 with the opening game between the Mumbai Indians and CSK. Since the matches are held behind closed doors, the BCCI had already expected the surge in the viewership this year.
As expected the tournament opener between MI and CSK created a new viewership record this year. As many as 20 crore people tuned in to watch the live action between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on September 19.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah took to Twitter and posted “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.”
The IPL is the biggest sporting league in India and also the most popular T20 leagues in the world. And the return of MS Dhoni on the field after retirement sparked more excitement among the fans to tune into match.
CSK defeated Mumbai Indians by five wickets and MS Dhoni also record 100 wins as the skipper of the franchise. The side also broke the five-match losing streak against the Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians and abrogated from the loss.