Former legendary player and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly heaped praise for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season, as the event is receiving an amazing viewership. The cash-rich league, which usually happens in March each year, started on September 19, that too in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), owing to the novel coronavirus. 

Ever since the tournament has commenced, it has seen an overwhelming viewership response. The opening match of the season itself had set a new record, where a 20 crore people tuned in to watch the match. This came out to be the highest-ever opening day viewership for any sporting league in any country, as no league has ever opened with such a response.

“Unbelievable, and I am not surprised at all. When we were discussing with Star and all the people concerned – if we have to do it this year and one-month prior to the tournament, we were contemplating, whether this can happen or not, what will be the ultimate result of the bio-bubble and will it be successful. We decided to move ahead with our plan, because we wanted to bring normalcy in everyone’s lives and wanted to bring the game back. I am not surprised with the feedback,” Ganguly said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Live.

Hailing IPL as the best tournament in the world, Ganguly added, “There have been so many super overs, we recently witnessed a double super over, we saw Shikhar Dhawan’s batting, we saw Rohit Sharma, we saw all the young players and we witnessed the comeback of KL Rahul’s KXIP from the bottom of the table. You will get everything here! I can bet you that the IPL has been a smashing success this year, in terms of the ratings, the number of people who have watched the game.”

Currently, this IPL edition is almost in its last leg, with the teams giving their last fights to secure a seat in the playoffs. The final of the season will be held in Dubai, on November 10.