Since it began in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been the carnival for cricketing fans around the world. Many other cricketing nations have introduced their own leagues on the line of IPL thereafter. But on any given day, the IPL teams thump other T20 side in the world when it comes to popularity.
The IPL teams have a massive fan following on social media. All the eight teams interact with the fans on social platforms such as, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The teams have formed their official accounts on social media to keep their fans updated with the happenings regarding their club, may it be the team announcements, injury updates or some tit-bit stories. The teams face each other on the field but off the field as well, there is a war amongst them on social media platforms.
Here we take a look at the Most popular IPL teams:
Followers on Facebook: 4.2+ million | Twitter: 1.16+ million | Instagram: 664+ k
Rajasthan Royals has always been a side that consists of smaller names of cricket since the first edition. This may be the reason that this club is getting very little response on social media. To be honest Rajasthan Royals are bottom in this list. RR is the least popular among all the IPL teams on social media. The club which won the debut season of IPL haven’t made a massive mark in the league. The lack of big names has also resulted in the least popularity.
Followers on Facebook: 4.8+ million | Twitter: 1.39 million | Instagram: 899k
They came up with a new name and stormed like a warrior in this season of IPL. After 12 years, Shreyas Iyer took the newly formed Delhi Capitals (previously Delhi Daredevils) in the playoffs. Since their inaugural season there has been consistent chopping and changing squad members. As a result, none of the big names have stayed in the side for long. But this year, Delhi was terrific when it came to the performance but still they rank seventh when it comes to social media popularity.
Followers on Facebook: 6.02 million | Twitter: 2.11+ million | Instagram: 1.1 million
Can we call Sunrisers Hyderabad underdogs? The Orange Army has been away from the limelight. However, they have performed considerably well since their entry into world’s most difficult cricketing league. The club has a growing fan base on social media too and attracts many especially from Southern part of India. The two time winners of IPL are sixth in the list.
5Kings XI Punjab
Followers on Facebook: 8.74+ million | Twitter: 1.98+ million | Instagram: 1+ million
Another franchise that hasn’t enjoyed a great run on the social media is Kings XI Punjab. KXIP has undergone changes plenty of times. Yet they stand at number five when it comes to popularity on social media. One can call this is due to Bollywood star Preity Zinta. Her constant presence in the stadiums has led to the increase in the followers every year.
4Royal Challengers Bangalore
Followers on Facebook: 9.41+ million | Twitter: 3.48+ million | Instagram: 2.7+ million
Though this team has India’s skipper Virat Kohli and South African legend Ab de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore has failed to score more in social media popularity list. Despite the fact the club hasn’t won any IPL season ever, the fans stand by them and turn up in numbers for every match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. May be these are the only fans who have taken RCB to stand fourth in this list.
3Chennai Super Kings
Followers on Facebook: 12+ million | Twitter: 4.82+ million | Instagram: 2.9+ million
Yes, we know you are eager to know on which rank Chennai Super Kings stands on! The Yellow Army stands third in the list. Do you want to know the reason? Do you really want us to tell you? Thala MS Dhoni! People from Chennai have given him the title ‘Thala’ which means head and symbolises immense respect that he has earned for himself since the time he started playing for CSK.When you have him as a skipper, how can you not be one of the top three lists? The fans in Chennai are one of the most passionate ones amongst all clubs. The three time winner CSK was suspended for a couple of years, yet it hasn’t affected popularity. Instead it is scaling up the graph.
Followers on Facebook: 13+ million | Twitter: 5.11+ million | Instagram: 3.1+ million
Led by Mumbai cha Raja, Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians are the second most popular IPL side. The men in blue have largest followers when it comes to Instagram (3.1 million). MI has won 3 IPL titles so far, joint most with CSK. It’s because of the players such as Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Pandya brothers and the mentor of MI, the God Sachin Tendulkar have gained immense popularity on social media. The fans in Mumbai create a sea of blue each time at the Wankhede Stadium. Similarly, the fans are very active on social media. Having won three IPL titles so far, the craze for the Mumbai Indians team is at the peak.
1Kolkata Knight Riders
Followers on Facebook: 16+ million | Twitter: 4.21+ million | Instagram: 1.2+ million
The team which came with the mantra of Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo has won the IPL two times. Co-owned by Bollywood King Shah Rukh Khan, the team ranks first when it comes first to popularity on social media. The die-hard fans of Bengal have resulted in a whopping 16M followers on Facebook, the highest for any IPL team. The players such as Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav have made huge impact on social media.
These days social media has also been upgraded with many users using the platform to share their personal life experiences and express themselves openly IPL franchises is using the same mantra. Marketing gimmicks such as Mumbai Indians’ punishment kit has earn a few extra admirers.
On other hand, Delhi Capitals’ sharing the Bhangra of Shikhar Dhawan and co has helped to increase the social media likes. In a country where Bollywood movies and cricket dominate the entertainment landscape, the owners of IPL have founded a way to merge the two. The result is a behemoth that shows absolutely no sign of slowing down when it comes to social media.