When India take on South Africa in its first world cup fixture at Southampton on June 5, there will be a sea of people dressed in blue to cheer the team. The one-and-a-half-month long cricket carnival kicks off from May end and the estimate is around 80,000 Indians may travel for the World Cup.
India dominates world cricket – money, supporters, TV audience, etc.
The demand is the highest for India-Pakistan match at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16 and also for the final at Lords on July 14.
To put the 80,000 in perspective, in a typical year approximately 515,000 Indians visit UK.