India shatters World Cup attendance record

Henry

From Lucknow and Ahmedabad to Kolkata and Hyderabad: The World Cup cricket tournament in India broke an attendance record.

According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), more than 1.20 million spectators (1,250,307 to be exact) opened their wallets to secure a place in the pavilion.

The previous record was held by Australia and New Zealand when 1,016,420 spectators attended the cricket action in 2015.

The millionth ticket was sold during South Africa’s final group match against Afghanistan in Ahmedabad, while more than 90,000 spectators attended the final between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in the very city.

The Aussies finally collected their sixth World Cup title when they beat the host nation by six wickets.

Travis Head played a cracking hit in his team’s successful run chase and he became the third Australian – after Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist – to score a century in a World Cup final.

The Proteas were eliminated in the semi-final by the eventual champion team after winning seven of their nine group matches.

Quinton de Kock, who represented South Africa for the last time on the one-day cricket stage, was included in the official team of the tournament.