While cricket may not be a mainstream sport in the United States, its global popularity is undeniable. With the upcoming T20 Cricket World Cup final being played in the U.S. for the first time next year, could cricket become America's next big sport?
Cricket's appeal lies in its fast-paced format and the rise of global superstars like Virat Kohli. The sport has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with the 2019 50-over World Cup final between Pakistan and India surpassing the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals in terms of viewership.
In an effort to expand the sport's reach, a third of the matches in the 2024 T20 World Cup will be held in the U.S., following the success of Major League Cricket's inaugural season. The sport is also set to make its return to the Olympics in 2028.
With its growing fan base and the introduction of high-profile tournaments and leagues, cricket is positioning itself to capture the attention of American sports fans. While it may take time for cricket to establish itself as a major sport in the U.S., the potential for growth and popularity is promising.
As the Cricket World Cup final between India and Australia unfolds, it will be interesting to see if the sport can generate enough excitement and interest to make an impact in the American sports landscape. Until then, cricket continues to strive for recognition in the land of baseball and American football.
- CNN: "Cricket's popularity is surging. But can America embrace the sport?"
- AP News: "Australia restricts India to 240 all out in Cricket World Cup final as Kohli makes 54"