Every team has their own number of fans throughout India. However, there are few of those teams that tend to rock people’s world each time they step on to the field or end up on someone’s TV screen. These teams are the top 4 teams with the highest fan count this IPL season.
It is a well-known fact that Chennai Super Kings has its fair share of followers thanks to its multi-million fan base, a relationship built over a decade of excellent performance in the IPL. Not to mention, the team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. His performance throughout his career has earned him a number of followers who are willing to stick with him until the very end. The team is getting fantastic support from not just Tamil Nadu but also from other places in India.
Kolkata Knight Riders, The two-time winner of the championship has still managed to retain its fame even now. Although they faced criticism for letting their star player Gautam Ghambir leave, the presence of the Bollywood Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan sure has given them a lot of followers.
Mumbai Indians, is one of the most expensive franchises out there, was bought by Reliance’s Mukesh Ambani for $111.9m. They owe a lot of their popularity to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Ricky Ponting, Shaun Pollock and Rohit Sharma who have all been an integral part of the MI family. Until 2011, MI didn’t have a major effect in IPL. But having won 3 of the last 5 IPL titles, MI is one of the successful teams in the history of IPL.
With Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli heading the Royal Challengers Bangalore, it is bound to be among the top teams with a big fan base. The expectations on the team are higher when compared to other teams as it has captain Virat Kohli, who has made the record number of runs in the recent One Day International. Also being One of the most decorated teams in the league, it has been one of the most followed team by the fans all over the world. Especially so with players like Anil Kumble, Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Daniel Vettori over the years.
These top 4 teams are sure to be known all over the world even by someone who does not follow the sport, making them extremely popular.