The 13th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup attracted a record-breaking 1.25 million fans during its run from October 5 to November 19, surpassing the previous mark of 1.016 million set in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. This was despite early matches not involving India having plenty of empty seats in venues, with overall spectator figures already exceeding the one million mark after just six games.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley called the tournament a “great success” and praised the enduring appeal of cricket and excitement offered by the ODI format. The tournament also broke multiple broadcast and digital viewership records, making it an event that not only entertained but also united cricket fans globally in a celebration of the sport.
The final match between India and Australia drew a massive crowd at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India on November 19, with Australia ultimately emerging victorious for their sixth title.