Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most popular games around the world. Along with the game, it’s popularity depends on its social media also.
All the IPL franchises have their own social media accounts; which helped to increase their popularity as well.
Instagram is one of the most used social networking sites all over the world and achieved popularity in a very short period of time. All the franchises use their Instagram accounts for their inside news of their team; which attracts the fans to follow their account.
Here are the 8 IPL teams based on their Instagram followers:
8. Rajasthan Royals – Instagram Followers – 3,93,000
Rajasthan Royals won the first ever season of IPL in 2008. The team comprised of young Indian players along with the big name of Ajinkya Rahane. As the young players are not that much popular on social media, which somehow affects the franchise’s fan following as well.
They were suspended for two years after their owner’s alleged involvement in the spot-fixing in 2013. This incident too became the reason for the decreased fan base. Rajasthan Royals have 3,93,000+ followers on Instagram, which is not high as compared to the other teams.
7. Delhi Capitals – Instagram Followers – 5,24,000
Delhi Capitals was earlier known as the Delhi Daredevils. One of the star-studded teams of IPL, Delhi Capitals never won the title.
Earlier the team had some great players like Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, Gautam Gambhir etc. but they had failed to perform in the league matches; which caused their exit from the league in the semi-final many times.
Delhi Capitals now have 5,24,000 followers on Instagram and with the star players like Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw etc., they will try to improve their performances which eventually help to grow their fan base.
6. Kings XI Punjab – Instagram Followers – 7,38,000
Owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, Kings XI Punjab is the other team which never win a title of IPL. In 2014, they had reached the final but lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets. Last year, they had a strong star-studded squad with the likes of Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Andrew Tye, Karun Nair, R Ashwin, Moises Henriques, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Mayank Agarwal etc.
Though they had a solid squad, they failed to capitalize that and missed the opportunity to win the title. Despite that, they are quite popular on social media and have 7,38,000+ followers on Instagram. They will surely try to do better this year.
5. Sunrisers Hyderabad – Instagram Followers – 7,40,000
Deccan Chargers had been replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. They lost in the final to Chennai Super Kings last year but won the 2016 IPL title by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.
SRH have various star players in the time – David Warner, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi etc. With the 7,40,000 followers on Instagram, they will try to increase their followers by their on-field performances.
4. Kolkata Knight Riders – Instagram Followers – 8,31,000
The owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise is none other than Shahrukh Khan, one of the most popular celebrities all around the world. With the owner’s huge fan following, the team too has huge followers from the beginning of the league.
They won the IPL title twice in its 11 years of campaign and finished in the third place in the last year. Earlier the team was led by Gautam Gambhir but last year Dinesh Karthik became the captain. Along with him, the other known players are Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill etc.
Each of the players is immensely popular and their popularity helped to increase the fan-following of the franchise; which has 8,31,000 followers on Instagram and likes to increase it by performing better on the field.
3. Chennai Super Kings – Instagram Followers – 16,00,000
Last year, Chennai Super Kings made a comeback from the ban and won the title with their wonderful all-round performances. This is one of the three teams in IPL which have more than 1 million followers on Instagram.
CSK have the players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja etc. Dhoni is one of the most popular players all over the world. Along with them, foreigners like DJ Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, Shane Watson too are popular for their performances; which added more followers in the list of the franchise’s Instagram account; which currently have 1.6 million followers.
Most of their popularity comes from Dhoni and this year they will surely try to maintain their form and retain the title.
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore – Instagram Followers – 20,00,000
Despite being India captain Virat Kohli’s presence in the team, Royal Challengers Bangalore never won an IPL title so far. Many times they have come close to the victory but failed to win. In 2016, they had reached the final in 2016 but after that, they had failed to qualify for the playoffs as well.
They have 2 million followers on Instagram and one of the main reasons behind it is the Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ presence in the squad, two best batsmen in the world. Along with them, the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Prayas Ray Barman, Shivam Dubey, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Parthiv Patel etc. will help the team to perform well and win the cup this year.
1. Mumbai Indians – Instagram Followers – 22,00,000
The three-time IPL winners, Mumbai Indians are undoubtedly one of the most popular franchise all over the world who have 2.2 million+ followers on Instagram. Though they failed to perform better last year, they had won the title in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Mumbai Indians has been the star-studded from the beginning with the players like Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Ricky Ponting, Lasith Malinga, Andrew Symonds etc. This year they have signed Yuvraj Singh as well. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya are the finds of the team in IPL who all are part of the India team now.