Despite the loss to Australia in the final of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, India’s dominance in the sport is assured. With a population of 1.4 billion people, India is responsible for around 80% of cricket’s revenues and hosts one of the most lucrative domestic competitions, the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL recently sold its media rights for a whopping $6.2 billion, solidifying India’s financial stronghold in the cricket world. This financial power puts India ahead of England and Australia, the other two members of the “big three” of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
India’s influence in cricket is cemented on and off the pitch. The country has produced some of the greatest cricketers in history, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Their continued dominance is not just based on their financial strength but also on their large population which provides a huge pool of talent for cricket teams to draw from.
The loss in the final may have been disappointing for Indian supporters and administrators, but it does not undermine India’s continued dominance in the sport. The country will continue to play a major role in shaping international cricket for years to come with their large population, financial contributions and talented players.