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The Factors that Make Cricket a Popular Sport


Cricket is considered as one of the most popular sports to date. Despite billions of fans spread across the globe, many are still surprised that its impact has really transcended worldwide.


It is undeniable that cricket is already popular in countries like India, Australia, and New Zealand. However, what came to be a great surprise is when the 2019 Cricket World Cup garnered over a billion views and became one of the most-watched sports events in the world. The intense final match between England and New Zealand had fans at the edge of their seats to see which team would win the trophy after the two teams played a super-over. England took home the victory.

Since then, its popularity further grew as more people realized how fun it is to watch cricket in-play matches. Here are other factors that make cricket a really popular sport.

It has many formats

There are three main formats of cricket - Twenty-20 Internationals (T20Is), One Day Internationals (ODIs), and Test matches. These formats determine the duration of a game. These formats are played in a few hours, in a day, and in a span of four to five days, respectively.

It has interesting matches

It is undeniable that professional cricket players make the sport more interesting. With their skills, each cricket match becomes exciting to watch. Whether it may be international tournaments or first-class matches, viewers are thrilled to see how much can unfold in a game.

It is unique

Unlike other sports, the scores in a cricket match don’t determine who is leading as the game continues to be in-play. A game always starts with a coin toss. After that, the winner will be asked whether they wish to bowl or bat first. With that, the starting batting team’s score will be recorded first. The winner will then be determined by the end of the game if the second batting team surpasses the record set by the first team.

It’s an easy sport

Apparently, cricket is considered to be one of the sports that is very easy to learn. The game follows a very simple gameplay that involves batting and bowling of the ball in an attempt to hit the wickets. Although it may be a little confusing at first, watching matches and reading some cricket guides will really help people quickly understand the concept of the game.

It is age-friendly

One thing that viewers may have noticed in cricket matches is that its professional players’ ages range from being 15 years old to adults who are still capable of playing. Still, non-professional players can enjoy cricket since it is a sport that can be played by anyone, regardless of what their age is. Honestly, this factor helps widen the age bracket of the sport’s supporters.


Aside from the aforementioned, there are many other factors that make cricket really popular. By knowing these things, it will be easier to understand why more and more people love to see cricket in-play, especially in its major tournaments.

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