The Indian Premier League is the most competitive T20 tournament in the cricketing world. This lucrative tournament started as a platform to provide the best opportunities for the youngsters to showcase their talent. After an iconic inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the fans were eagerly waiting for a T20 league in India. And the BCCI ensured that the fans thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural IPL season.
Later on, after the advancement of technology, the smartphone and television made it possible for any fans to witness the thrill of the IPL. This added to the popularity of the teams and the hype for IPL increased exponentially. The fans waited for the summer every year to witness their favorite players play for the same team.
Since the beginning of the IPL, there has been the presence of social media. It provides the perfect platform for the teams to interact with the fans and increase their fan base. Adding on, they can take some valuable inputs from the fans as well.
Here are the most popular IPL teams on social media right now:
8. Rajasthan Royals: 7.1 Million followers
The inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League will be the special one for any cricket fan. It was more like a pilot episode for any series. And, with a spectacular start to the season, the underdogs managed to clinch the title. It was Shane Warne, who led the team to their first title victory in 2008.
However, things went haywire for the Rajasthan-based franchise since then. After a memorable first season, they have been unable to make an impact in the points table. Since 2009, they have tried many combinations to strengthen their lineup. But, poor form, absence of players have always hampered their performance.
Talking about their social media presence, they have a solid fan following on Facebook as compared to other social media sites. On Facebook, the Royals have a fan following of 4.3M. Adding on, their Twitter and Instagram pages have a fan base of 1.4 M each. With the IPL knocking on the door, this value is destined to increase.
7. Sunrisers Hyderabad: 10.5 Million followers
The Sunrisers Hyderabad is one of the most consistent teams in the history of the IPL. They are captained by an inspirational David Warner, who is one of the most destructive batsmen in the game right now. Well, since 2015, the team has performed consistently and is a regular member of the upper half of the table.
In an edition where the teams had to wait till the final game to finalize the teams who will be competing in the playoffs, SRH managed to finish third. They have multiple talented players in their squad. Apart from Warner, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow and T Natarajan are the players who have a huge fan base. Talk about talents, the list goes on for the Sunrisers.
Looking at their fan base on social media, SRH has a strong fanbase on Facebook. With 6M followers, they create a buzz on the evergreen social media platform. Talking about Twitter, they have a following of 2.4M. Well, their Instagram fan base is 2.1M. This fan following might increase according to their performance in the upcoming season.
6. Delhi Capitals: 10.8 Million followers
The Delhi Capitals had an impressive IPL season last year. Because of their consistent performances during the initial stage of the season, they were able to sneak into the playoffs. At that time, everybody contributed significantly. And, adding on, they were captained by a young Shreyas Iyer, who did quite well to guide his team into the finals for the very first time.
Capitals is a team that relies on their Indian players to perform whenever the overseas players look out of form. And this leads to a healthy fan base. With the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shikar Dhawan, and Ravi Ashwin, the team has performed nicely both on the field and off the field.
The Capitals have a strong fan base on Facebook. On that social media platform, they have 7 million followers. Talking about their Instagram followers, there are 2.1M of them. They do have a comparatively low fan following on Twitter. On Twitter, they have 1.7M followers.
5. Punjab Kings: 12.7 Million followers
Just before the 2021 IPL auctions, the Kings XI Punjab changed their name to Punjab Kings. And, this was followed by a series of changes in their squad too. During the 2021 auctions, they managed to buy the best T20 batsman in the world: Dawid Malan. This year, they will be hoping for a better performance from their players.
Last year, they were the most entertaining team in the season. Talk about super overs, double super overs, thrilling finishes, awesome fielding, the fans experienced everything. Adding on, with some big names in their squad, they were always trending throughout the season. After a poor start to the season, they managed to come back into the playoffs frame. However, they were short of points.
Because of the thrill they provided, their fans were always following them on various social media sites. On Facebook, they have a fan following of 8.5M followers. Talking about Instagram, they have a fan following of 1.9M followers. And on Twitter, they have a fan base of 2.3M followers.
4. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 19.1 Million followers
The Royal Challengers Bangalore is a franchise that has the most loyal fan base. Even after multiple failures to win the trophy, there is no decrease in their fan following. Well, it is the individual performances that keep them trending on social media sites. This year too, we expect their fan following to increase.
There might be an increase in their fan following mainly because of the inclusion of Glenn Maxwell. The Aussie all-rounder was picked by the Bangalore-based franchise for INR 14.5 crores. His inclusion has strengthened their batting order. As their batting order comprises masters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Hence, they have a strong fan following because of some big names. On Facebook, they have a fan following of 9.4M. Adding on, they have a strong fan following on Instagram too, with 5.5M followers. Talking about Twitter, they have a fan following of 4.2M followers. Therefore, RCB is one of the most sought-after IPL teams.
3. Kolkata Knight Riders: 22.4 Million followers
The two-time champions had a poor IPL season last year. Post-2014, they have failed to reach the finals of this lucrative tournament. And, an ever-changing condition is not helping the management to find the perfect combination. Well, this year, the fans will be hoping for a better performance from the team.
The Kolkata-based franchise is captained by Eoin Morgan. Morgan was handed the captaincy mid-tournament when the team was in a desperate situation. Although the poor form of players never helped the team, they will be looking forward to making it to the playoffs this time. And the presence of Dre Russ will boost the team’s confidence.
Shah Rukh Khan owns this franchise. So, there is no surprise that it has a huge fanbase. On Facebook, KKR has 16M followers. If we have a look at other social media sites like Twitter, they have a fan following of 4.2M followers. On Instagram, they have 2.2M followers. With another IPL season coming up, we might witness a rise in the number of followers.
2. Chennai Super Kings: 24.6 Million followers
The Chennai Super Kings are one of the most successful franchises in the history of the tournament. They have a strong lineup every season and they manage to make it to the playoffs for most of the time. It was last year that they failed to make it to the playoffs. Well, it was mainly due to tactical errors on the part of the senior players.
This year, they have managed to pick up some better T20 players. The addition of veterans like Moeen Ali will help Dhoni to play with more options. Therefore the fans are hoping for a better performance from the men in yellow this season. Adding on, the return of Suresh Raina will strengthen their lineup significantly.
CSK has some big names in its lineup. With the likes of the legendary MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja, the franchise has a big fan following. On Facebook, they have 12M followers. Talking about other social media networks, CSK has a fan following of 6.2M on Instagram and 6.4M followers on Twitter.
1. Mumbai Indians: 25.5 Million followers
The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the history of the IPL. But, success was never handed to them, they had to work hard. The Mumbai-based franchise had to change its captain midway during the 2013 season. And a young Rohit Sharma led the team to its first title victory in 2013.
Since then, Mumbai has won IPL titles in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. This showcases the consistency of Mumbai Indians. Adding on, the efforts of the management should be appreciated as well. As they have some big names like Pollard, Sharma, Bumrah, and Pandya Brothers, they certainly have the largest fan base in the tournament.
On Facebook, Mumbai Indians has a fan base of 13M followers. Apart from that, they have a fan following of 6.3M on Instagram and 6.2M on Twitter. With every passing season, their fan following has been increasing significantly. Also, the association of big names off the field has been helping the franchise in this sector.
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