Do you love an IPL team because it has your favourite player in the team? Alternatively, is it because it has your favourite player as captain? Or is it because it has your favourite players as the coach? Do you support an IPL team because it belongs to your city? Or do you support a team because the owner of that team is your inspiration?
There could be so many other reasons for supporting the IPL team of your choice.
The cricket fans generally prefer a team that has strongest international players in their team. Some of them chose their team because of their national cricket team captains. Let us have a look at social media to understand which team has the most number of fans on the internet. This will also give an idea to find out the most popular IPL team.
On Facebook, the two times IPL champion, Kolkata Knight Riders page has the most number of likes with more than 16 million people following the team. The second in the list is Mumbai Indians with more than 12 million likes on Facebook. Though Mumbai Indians have one extra IPL trophy as compared to Kolkata Knight Riders, they are behind KKR regarding popularity on Facebook. One of the reasons behind their popularity might be because of superstar Shah Rukh Khan who is famous globally. The third and fourth teams concerning most numbers of Facebook likes are Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore with more than 11 million and 9 million fans respectively.
The situation is bit twisted when it comes to Twitter. Here, Mumbai Indians has 4.59 million followers and is ahead of Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders who have 3.86 million and 3.72 million followers on this social media platform.
On Instagram, Mumbai Indians is again ahead of all other teams. MI has 1.5 million followers followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore who has 1.4 million followers.
The interesting thing to note here is that Mumbai has an estimated population of 18.41 million people and it is least if compared to any other IPL playing states. Whether it is because of the strong players in the team or because of the most number of IPL trophies or because of the owners that have the most money, this team is certainly the most popular team.
Below is the table depicting the overall impact of IPL teams on different social media platforms.
|Kolkata Knight Riders||16,103,464||3.72M||476K||6.77M|
|Chennai Super Kings||11,817,044||3.86M||405K||5.36M|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||9,226,694||2.92M||1.4M||4.52M|
|Kings XI Punjab||8,397,488||1.71M||515K||3.54M|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||5,752,951||1.78 M||395K||2.64M|
|Rajasthan Royals||3,683,632||963 K||184K||1.61M|