Cricket in the United States is still in its early stage but has been on the rise recently. USA cricket team made history back in April 2019, defeating Hong Kong to bag One Day International status.
— USA Cricket (@usacricket) April 24, 2019
Team India is currently at Lauderhill in Florida for the opening two games of the T20I series against the West Indies. On Saturday, India defeated Windies by 4 wickets in the first T20I match.
Speaking at a press conference before the tour, Indian skipper Virat Kohli expressed positivity about cricket in the USA. He said, “The more we come here and play, obviously, the game is going to get more and more buzz around it, people are going to talk about it.”
Earlier this week, Kohli delighted cricket fans in Florida by signing autographs during a practice session.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2019
“You see 15,000-20,000 people going to a place to watch something, obviously it should be important. Hopefully, in the years to come, people will have more interest. Local people in America as well, not just the Asian community or the West Indian community, but the whole community, in general, will have more interest in the sport.”, Kohli added.
Kohli believes that the T20 format of the game would be a great success in States due to shorter format and entertainment value.
“I think T20 cricket is something that can be understood and accepted in the American culture because of the length of the game, and it’s quite entertaining as well,” cited Kohli.