IPL 2019: Ranking the most followed teams on Social Media
The twelfth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is now just a few weeks ago and the excitement and jubilation has already kept cricket fans on the edge of their seats. The league, without any doubt, is one of the most followed cricket events in the world and people keep a close eye on everything going on around the tournament.
As fans are equally an important part of every team, similarly each IPL franchise has its own fanbase. The enthusiasts not only show their presence in the stadiums but also largely support their favourite teams across social media. In this piece, we rank the most followed IPL teams on social media.
#8 Rajasthan Royals
The champions of the first edition of IPL have got a few cherishing moments to live since their dream debut in 2008. The Rajasthan-based franchise made it to the playoffs of the tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2018 while failing miserably in the rest of the editions. Under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, the team did quite well last season. However, they failed to finish the tournament on a winning note.
Having mostly banked on the local talent, Rajasthan have one of the meagre social media fanbases. The franchise has 1.1 million followers on Twitter, 442K on Instagram while 4.2 people like their page on Facebook as well.
Twitter- 1.1M, Instagram- 442K, Facebook- 4.1M
#7 Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Daredevils formerly), likewise Rajasthan, started their journey in the league on a high note. The franchise made it to the semi-finals of the tournament in the first two editions, however, faced a downfall thereafter. The Capitals qualified for playoffs just once since 2009 and have been stranded at the bottom of the table during last some seasons.
In IPL 2018, the team finished last, though having made quite a few changes ahead of the next season, Delhi would be aiming to make a strong comeback in IPL 2019. Meanwhile, DC stand second last in the list of followers on social media.
Twitter- 1.3M, Instagram- 574K, Facebook- 4.6M
#6 Sunrisers Hyderabad
The runners-up of the last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad have been one of the dominating teams of IPL during the previous few editions. The SUN group-owned franchise clinched the title in 2016, qualified for playoffs in 2017 while finishing second in the IPL 2018.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad-based team owns quite a good fanbase across its social media platforms, fetching 2 million Twitter, 796 thousand Instagram and 5.8 million Facebook followers.
Twitter- 2.0M, Instagram- 796K, Facebook- 5.8M
#5 Kings XI Punjab
Actress Preity Zinta co-owned franchise is another team that hasn't been impressive enough throughout their IPL reign. The semifinalists of the maiden season have made it to the playoffs just once since. Led by Ravichandran Ashwin last season, Punjab finished second last, winning mere six matches out of 14 matches.
The Punjab-based side has 1.9 million Twitter, 789K Instagram, and 8.7M Facebook followers apart from a large crowd support they fetch during the tournament.
Twitter- 1.9M, Instagram- 789K, Facebook- 8.7M
#4 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are one of the exciting yet under-performing franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team after finishing as runners-up of 2016 edition has stuck to the bottom of the table in the last few seasons.
Having international stars like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the side, Bangalore have a strong on-ground as well as social media fanbase. The franchise owns 3.4 million followers on Twitter, 2.1 million Instagram and 9.3 million on Facebook.
Twitter- 3.4M, Instagram- 2.1M, Facebook- 9.3M
#3 Chennai Super Kings
When you have Mahindra Singh Dhoni leading the side, how can you not be one of the top followed teams? Chennai Super Kings enjoy spectacular support both in the stadiums as well as on social media. The franchise has lifted three titles of IPL despite having missed out from two seasons.
The defending champions have 4.6 million followers on Twitter, 1.8 on Instagram while 12 million people also follow its official page on Facebook.
Twitter- 4.6M, Instagram- 1.8M, Facebook- 12M
#2 Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR also have quite a big fanbase on social media and the support they receive at Eden Gardens is hidden from none. The Shahrukh Khan co-owned franchise after winning their second IPL trophy in 2014, has made it to the playoffs for last three straight seasons.
Despite having a brand new side last year, the team did exceedingly well as they lost the race in the second qualifier. Meanwhile, they have 4.1 million Twitter, 895 thousand Instagram, and 16 million Facebook followers.
Twitter- 4.1M, Instagram- 895K, Facebook- 16M
#1 Mumbai Indians
The Men in Blue, without any doubt, are ranked at the top in the most followed IPL teams on social media. The franchise owns 5 million Twitter, 2.3 million Instagram, and 13 million Facebook, followers. Mumbai also get a lot of support both at home and away venues in the mega-league.
The Rohit Sharma-led side has won three IPL trophies while also qualifying for playoffs in the three seasons. However, last year, the side was eliminated in the league stages only.
Twitter- 5M, Instagram- 2.3M, Facebook- 13M