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It’s nearly impossible to live or grow up in England, India, New Zealand, West Indies, Australia, or South Africa, without being familiar with cricket. It doesn’t matter if you are an ardent fan of the game or indifferent; cricket is to these regions as football is to some others. The bat-and-ball game has been played since the 17th century in England, and today, it’s the second most popular sport in the world.
Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world and without a doubt it is the most followed and loved sport in Asia and in many countries of the Commonwealth. According to Bettingsider24, cricket is followed by more than 2.5 billion people all over the world and in some countries such as India cricket is a real religion.
It’s surprising the shock and awe of people in general when they learn about the popularity that cricket has around the world. While for many sporting fans their taste in events usually travel towards soccer, football or basketball, cricket could easily give all of these other sports a run for their money in popularity. Just by being India’s most popular sport, cricket can easily boast having one of the biggest fan bases around, bigger than most other mainstream sporting activities.
Cricket is one of the oldest sports dating back to the 13th century. There are now over a billion fans of cricket in the world. These are residents of Australia, England, India, Pakistan, and New Zealand. Thanks to such a strong community and a huge number of loyal fans, it is no wonder that cricket is ranked the second most popular sport in the world, just after football.