The highly-anticipated ICC Champions Trophy Group stage match between arch-rivals India vs Pakistan on June 4 became the highest rated One-day International (ODI) match in Broadcast Audience Research Council’s (BARC) history, broadcasters Star India confirmed on Friday.
The match attracted 201 million viewers, double than the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
“ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been an impressive event in terms of scale, reach and following, and the India vs Pakistan match set a new viewership record on our network making it the highest rated ODI match in BARC history,” a Star India statement read.
The viewership is once again expected to shoot northwards, when the arch-rivals face off in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
Pakistan made it to the title clash, beating hosts England in the first semi-final while defending champions India thrashed Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.
Meanwhile, legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas has called on the Pakistan cricket team to take revenge against India for the humiliating defeat in their Champions Trophy campaign opener by defeating the arch-rivals in Sunday’s final.
Pakistan suffered a humiliating 124-run defeat by India in the first match of their campaign at the ongoing Champions Trophy but staged a splendid comeback with consecutive victories over South Africa, Sri Lanka and hosts England to enter the final.
“Now is the time for Pakistan to beat India in the same way they defeated us in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy,” Zaheer Abbas was quoted as saying on Friday.