A global streaming record was in order on Sunday as 43 million people tuned in to Disney+ Hotstar to watch India beat New Zealand at Dharamshala during the ongoing ICC cricket World Cup.
The viewership initially crossed the 40 million-mark as Virat Kohli scored 95 from 104 deliveries, 5 runs short of a century. Kohli’s innings was studded with a total of 8 boundaries and 2 sixes, before he was caught by Matt Henry off Glenn Phillips as he attempted to hit a six.
“Virat Kohli never gives up; he never lacks intensity. He is always there for the team and is the biggest chase master in world cricket. The nation needs to acknowledge and salute this soldier,” wrote former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif on X (formerly Twitter).
Along with that, the newly set record surpassed India’s viewership numbers on the JioCinema app seen during the FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France, where the former took home the trophy after 37 years.
The viewership numbers are expected to rise and perhaps set a new record if India continues to floor audiences and carry on with the winning streak when they play England on 29 October at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
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