86,174 fans turn up at MCG to witness final – biggest crowd ever to witness a women’s cricket match

The women world cricket carnival came to an end on 8th March 2020. The world witnessed quality cricket from all sides. The tournament saw domination from the best players and the rise of new starts. Finals were truly historic with an unprecedented crowd gathering for the event.

 

Megan Schutt elated after 4 Wicket Haul against India Women
Megan Schutt elated after 4 Wicket Haul against India Women. Pic Credits: ICC

 

Melbourne cricket ground became part of a new chapter. A new chapter to the whole cricketing world and not only to women. Cricket Australia and ICC need to be appreciated to put the event in the streets and get people to the ground. However, it was not the big ads or posters that drew up the massive gathering. It was certainly the show put up by emerging stars like Shafali who performed in a manner that made people turn their heads.

The arrival of mammoth feet to the stadium tells a tale that women cricket is ready to break shackles now. The dream is realized. Apart from anything, this number tells that women and their play are coming to mainstream now. People are curious about female players as much as they are for regular lads. A pattern could be seen in countries like India where the attention that the event got was unexpected and on the lines of what a male team would expect.

 

Dejected Indian cricketers after Final Loss. Pic Credits: ICC
Dejected Indian cricketers after Final Loss. Pic Credits: ICC

 

The previous belonged to Australia as well. Sydney in 2009 saw England beat New Zealand in the finals. The match was seen by 12,717 spectators from the ground. The finals that just happened saw the arrival of nearly 86,174 heads. These are mere stats that run along with a wide array of observations that signal a shift. A shift that is seen in masses throughout the globe. The Aussie domination of women in blue in the finals was seen in the same light of the 2003 world cup final.

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Indian fans were seen recalling a series of losses since 2003. Importantly, they were highlighting performances under the same banner of the country’s name. This has been one of the eminent achievements of players and all the associated authorities and assistants. Not only this, a series of concrete records from ICC reveals that the clicks of videos have grown an unimaginable 701 times.

 

India look dejected after the ICC Women's T20 Cricket World Cup Final match between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
India look dejected after the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup Final match between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

600 million views are more after the 2017 ODI world cup. The hosts are no behind in this gentle wave. It is reported that since the 2018 T20 world cup, there has been a 1600 percent increase in the viewing minutes in Australia. These figures are unprecedented and unheard of. Neither were these expected. As new benchmarks are being set, newer faces are coming to enjoy the game, these advancements are no short than a green light. A light that says the future is yours.

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