The Barapati Stadium in Cuttack was announced as the venue for the final of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) on October 5, even as legendary cricketers described the league as a “serious” business, where superstars, many of them as talented as they are, play. They were on top, not giving an inch without a fight.
While former India batsman Mohammad Kaif covered a lot of ground near the fence before taking a diving catch, leaving fans nostalgic about his brilliant fielding skills, swashbuckler Yusuf Pathan is playing like he’s never retired. Stars like Kevin O’Brien and Ashley Nurse have also scored huge centuries.
All these have received tremendous response from the fans, said Raman Raheja, Co-Founder and CEO, Legends League Cricket.
“We have had a tremendous response both in terms of in-stadium audience and TV ratings. We have got TV ratings for the first match. We have surpassed ourselves… five times more than last season in ratings. We have retained our position as the second most watched T20 league in India after the IPL, and our digital The footprint has crossed six hundred million,” he said.
The ongoing season has registered over 16 million unique viewers across digital streaming platforms in India and its digital footprint has crossed 600 million fans worldwide. According to the latest Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) TV ratings, the season-opener between India Maharajas and World Giants at Eden Gardens, featuring the world’s best players, has garnered the highest ratings of all other cricket leagues in the country.
Cricket superstars say that League of Legends cricket is a serious business
England’s Graeme Swann tries to fool the batters with off-spin, as he did when he played for his country. Swann, who represents Gujarat Giants, said the competitiveness on the field is reflected in the training nets as they train hard. “It was a great match, it shocked me how competitive it was. I thought it would be easier on the body,” Swann told a press conference in New Delhi on Friday.
Bhilwara Kings fast bowler Sreesanth says that the legends go to the gym regularly. “It’s not a charity game, everyone is in the gym, training. I’m surprised that I’m bowling with the same intensity and speed that I bowl when playing for the country,” Sreesanth said.
Swann’s Gujarat Giants teammate and former Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajanta Mendis spoke in similar terms. “Everybody plays very serious cricket here. Many legends are still very dangerous on the ground. I am interested in playing in this tournament,” he said.
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