IPL 2020 is well underway and the league already delivered some mouth-watering clashes. The much-awaited tournament has lived up to the hype, and is continuing to provide the cricket action that was missing from our screens.
The entertainment is not restricted to only the cricket matches, as IPL franchises have set up accounts across social media to continuously provide content to their fans. This provides the viewers with a more immersive experience as they get a peek behind the curtains.
Emotions, camaraderie, and light moments displayed by their favourite players enables the fans to get more invested in the IPL. For the franchises, it is the perfect way to reach out to larger audiences.
Instagram is arguably the most heavily used social-networking app at the moment. All eight IPL teams are incredibly active on the platform and continuously generate engrossing content. But which teams have amassed the largest amount of followers? Let's take a look:
8) Rajasthan Royals: 1.2 Million followers
No. of posts: 7.5k
The youngest side in the IPL brings up the rear of this list. The inaugural champions of the IPL are known for building their team around youngsters and nurturing them. They have had a strong showing in IPL 2020 so far, and will be hoping they get a second championship for their trophy cabinet.
Despite having the least number of followers, Rajasthan Royals is quite active on Instagram. Their posts tally 7.5k, which is the third-highest among the eight IPL teams.
7) King XI Punjab: 1.6 Million followers
No. of posts: 6.7k
Kings XI Punjab is one of the three IPL franchises that have never won the IPL trophy. Under their new leader KL Rahul, the KXIP camp will be keen to go all the way in 2020.
The team boasts cricket stalwarts such as Chris Gayle and KL Rahul who are entertaining on and off the field. This makes for some entertaining content as the Punjab franchise, along with their cheerful owner Preity Zinta, continues to win hearts.
6) Delhi Capitals: 1.7 Million followers
No. of posts: 8.2k posts
Delhi Capitals could field an all Indian playing 11 and still look formidable. The IPL franchise made some smart buys ahead of this year's IPL, adding the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin to their ranks.
Delhi Capitals have had a strong start to IPL 2020 and will be looking for their maiden IPL trophy this season.
5) Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1.8 Million followers
No. of posts: 5.3k
Sunrisers Hyderabad is the youngest team in the IPL, debuting in 2013. The Orange Army has impressed time and again, defending totals that appear undefendable and pulling off impressive victories.
Despite having the likes of David Warner, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, and Manish Pandey in their side, SRH is still renowned for their bowling prowess. SRH won their first and only IPL trophy in 2016 and will be hungry for their second in IPL 2020.
4) Kolkata Knight Riders: 2 Million followers
No. of posts: 7.2k posts
The two-time IPL champions are come in at number 4 on this list. Having Shah Rukh Khan as one of your owners certainly helps your social media presence.
It would be unfair, however, to credit their strong Instagram presence just to King Khan. Kolkata Knight Riders have always had a loyal fanbase, and any match at the Eden Gardens will display just how passionate these fans are.
3) Royal Challengers Bangalore: 4.6 Million followers
No. of posts: 6.8k
Three-time finalists, zero time champions. The fact that a team of Royal Challengers Bangalore's calibre has failed to secure an IPL trophy is borderline criminal. Despite having a few underwhelming seasons, fans continue to show tremendous support to the Bangalore franchise, which is seen in the staggering number of Instagram followers they have.
A small part of the credit must go to captain Virat Kohli. Having 151 million followers, Virat Kohli is easily the most followed cricketer on Instagram. Add in other megastars such as AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal, and it is clear to see why RCB is beloved by people all around the world.
2) Mumbai Indians: 5.5 Million followers
No. of posts: 10.9k
The defending champions are a close second on this list. The Mumbai lineup is probably the most lethal among any IPL franchise, as each member is a destructive match-winner.
Rohit Sharma, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah make up the star-studded core of the team. It is also interesting to note that Mumbai Indians have by far the most number of posts on Instagram.
1) Chennai Super Kings: 5.6 Million followers
No. of posts: 5.2k
Most number followers for the franchise with the least number of posts. Even in the social media space, CSK continues to be an enigma.
The three-time champions have never failed to qualify for the playoffs, which is simply remarkable. 'CSK' is almost synonymous with MS Dhoni, who is the heartbeat of Indian cricket. This has allowed every stadium during a CSK match to be dyed in yellow, irrespective of who the home team is.
With IPL being the juggernaut that it is, do not be surprised if the numbers continue to rise rapidly throughout the season. The rankings might look very different when IPL 2021 comes around.