Instagram has become one of the most used social networking sites all over the world and with over 1 billion users, it has become one of the best places for achieving fame and popularity.
All the international cricket teams (including the associate nations as well) have their official Instagram handle, which is used by them to update their fans about the team's development.
The teams share the players' on-field and off-field photographs to engage with the fans and the fans always make sure they follow their favourite teams on Instagram.
So, it can be concluded that higher the Instagram followers of a team, higher is its fan following and so, let's have a look at the 5 most followed cricket teams on Instagram -
(Please Note - This list considers the INTERNATIONAL teams only)
#5 - South Africa (Followers - 3,50,000)
The South African cricket team's Instagram account has just 12,000 followers more than Australia and 13,000 followers more than New Zealand on Instagram. This shows that all the 3 teams have almost equal number on fans on the social network but the Proteas managed to edge out the Trans-Tasman rivals to be ranked fifth on this list.
South African players have a lot of Indian fans, for AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis are as popular in Bengaluru and Chennai as in Durban and Johannesburg. The South African team has failed to win any major titles in cricket of yet but it is the spirit of their players which has helped in increasing the team's popularity.
The Rainbow nation has nearly 350,000 followers on Instagram and the team even has its official hashtag #ProteaFire, which is used by them in the caption of their posts.
#4 - Pakistan (Followers - 4,98,000)
The Pakistan Cricket team ranks 4th in terms of the most followers on Instagram. Captained by Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistani team is on a roll of late. They have won 11 consecutive T20I series and are currently touring South Africa. The team has qualified for the 2019 World Cup and Sarfraz and Co. would be keen to repeat their Champions Trophy 2017's performance in the upcoming World Cup.
Pakistan is one of the most popular teams all over the world as it is a former World Cup winner as well. The Pakistani cricket fans are hailed as one of the most passionate fans worldwide as they get very emotional while cheering for their national team.
With nearly 500,000 followers on the photo-sharing site, the men in Green rank above the likes of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Ireland on this list.
#3 - Bangladesh (Followers - 6,15,000)
Bangladesh can be hailed as the most improved team of the decade and have emerged as the 3rd best team from the Asian continent after India and Pakistan. The Bangla Tigers rank above the likes of Windies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in world rankings. This has given a rise to the number of cricket fans in Bangladesh.
The fan clubs of the Bangladesh Cricket Team are increasing day by day and the same can be seen on the social network, Instagram as well. With 615,000 followers on Instagram, Bangladesh has nearly 117,000 followers more than the Pakistani team which reflects the popularity of the cricket team.
Bangladeshi people have not only become a fan of the national cricket team but also of the sport, as a lot of young cricketers are emerging from Bangladesh of late. The Bangladesh Premier League is also one of the signs of the rise of cricket in the country.
#2 - England (Followers- 6,88,000)
England was where the game of cricket started, yet the team has failed to win a single Cricket World Cup to date. But this fact does not seem to have affect their fans much as the English fans have continued to support their team irrespective of their performance.
The England Cricket Team can be hailed as the underachievers of the game, as they always have the best team on paper but when it comes to performing well on the ground, the same players fail to perform under pressure.
England Cricket team has 688,000 followers on Instagram, a number which can be counted low, given the huge number of Instagram users that England has. The English football team has 3.6 million followers on Instagram, which is almost 6 times the followers of the nation’s cricket team.
#1 - India (Followers - 70,00,000)
The Indian cricket team is undoubtedly the most popular cricket team all over the world and its number of followers on Instagram just solidifies that fact. With over 70,00,000 followers, the Indian team has followers equal to the total of all the international cricket teams on Instagram.
They beat the #2 ranked English team by a huge margin of 63,00,000 and has 10 times the followers of England. With the likes of Instagram stars in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in the team, the chances of any other team overtaking the Indian team on Instagram will always be dim.
With a huge family of 7 million followers on Instagram, the Indian team has showcased its supremacy in every aspect of cricket. The Indian Cricket Team even thanked its followers for their love and support when they crossed the 7 million mark.