Shocking! ICC rates pitch in final AVERAGE along with 4 other pitches India played on
Eight pitches used in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup received an average rating, the lowest given by the ICC in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma examines the used pitch (Image via ESPN)
The International Cricket Council recently released the ratings for the pitches used in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, along with games played on 28th November. Many pitches were criticized by fans and pundits for being too slow and spin friendly.
The pitch used in the finals between India and Australia was rated average and has been a major reason India lost according to fans. Along with that, pitches used in India’s matches with South Africa in Kolkata, England in Lucknow, Pakistan in Ahmedabad and Australia in Chennai, were all rated average.
Along with those matches, the pitch used in the semi-final clash against Australia-South Africa and group stage matches between Pakistan-Bangladesh and Australia-Bangladesh were also rated average. None of the matches in the competition had any poor rated pitches, with the pitches being played in the remaining matches being rated “good” or “very good”.
31% Fans viewed the World Cup on Television
Axis MyIndia, a mass media firm, just announced that they studied the media consumption in India and revealed how the fans viewed the 2023 World Cup. 62% of their respondents said they watched the World Cup. Over 31% of the fans watched the match on television, which only includes satellite TV providers. 21% watched on their phones, thanks to Disney+Hotstar keeping the World Cup free for its mobile users. The remaining watch on OTT platforms on their TVs, laptops and tablets.
Disney+Hotstar also revealed that over 430 Million fans viewed the first half of the World Cup on their television. The highest peak was India’s win against New Zealand, where Virat Kohli scored a match winning 95 runs, but missed his century by 5 runs.
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