Sports teams nowadays use social media to stay connected with their fans directly; all essential updates regarding the squad or members got conveyed to the fans through posts or videos made by their respective team management. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have primarily gets used in recent years, which provide updates and capture the beautiful moments of the game and provide them to their fans, making them so connected to the game. Furthermore, some cricketers use these social media to make significant announcements like marriage, retirement, health updates. So, here we present you the top 10 most followed international cricket teams on social media:
In recent times, the Afghanistan cricket board has shown its potential in international cricket by producing pure class cricketers. With emerging talented young players, the Afghanistan board holds the 10th position in this list with 3.1 million followers; they have 0.2 million, 2.5 million, and 0.4 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. Cricket analysts are sure about the dominance of this team in the future.
9. New Zealand
New Zealand, often referred to as “Blackcaps,” holds 9th position in this list with 3.5 million followers. They have 1.1 million, 1.9 million, and 0.5 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. Kiwis prefer calmness over aggression, and in the same way, they have limited followers as they do not show off things. Furthermore, Blackcaps have a YouTube channel with 1.22 million subscribers. They have produced legendary cricketers like Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, and many more.
8. West Indies
The dominant T20 cricketing nation holds the 8th position with 3.8 million followers. They have 0.7 million, 2.6 million, and 0.5 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. Their players are famous for entertaining cricket with fun and other stuff, enjoying every moment of the game, and showing their respect to the opponents. Also, they have a YouTube channel with 2.53 million subscribers. Though they fail to perform in longer formats like test and ODI, they have a powerful T20 playing team.
7. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka holds the 7th position in this list with 4.1 million followers. Once a nightmare to the opponents, the legendary team is now at a challenging period. With experienced players like Sangakkara, Mahela retired, the team cannot cope with other nations to be in the top 10 of ICC rankings. They have 0.2 million, 3 million, and 0.9 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. They have a YouTube channel with 3.26 million subscribers. The team has won the 1996 World Cup.
The sports-loving nation, Australia, holds 6th position in this list. They have produced great cricket legends like Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, and many more. Moreover, they are known for sledding, which some cricket fans hate. They have a YouTube channel to upload highlights of the game, and they have 5.1 million followers on social media at present.
5. South Africa
South African team, known as the Proteas, holds the 5th position in this list. In the past years, the team has faced many problems in playing international cricket. By that time, they developed and advanced their talents to compete for solid teams like Australia and England, and they were loved and respected by all nations. Unfortunately, they haven’t won a World Cup till now. They have 5.6 followers on social media and have a YouTube channel with 0.42 million subscribers.
England’s founder of the game holds the 4th position in this list with 7.4 million followers. They have 1.9 million, 4.5 million, and 0.96 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. They showed their dominance in the game since the 18th century and have waited so long to win the World Cup. The 2019 World Cup became the dream season for cricket fans in England, as they won the World Cup for the first time after a dramatic final against New Zealand. They have a YouTube channel with 5.34 million subscribers.
Pakistan cricket team holds the 3rd position in the list, with 12.5 million followers. They have 1.5 million, 7.7 million, and 3.3 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. They have a YouTube channel with 2.84 million subscribers. The team is known for the pace bowlers they produce, and fast bowlers like Shoaib Akthar, Imran Khan, were threatening at their period. Their domestic cricket Pakistan Super League is gaining more attention from worldwide fans; at present, Babar Azam, the captain of the team, scores well.
A well-grown cricket team, Bangladesh holds the 2nd position in this list with 16.9 million followers. They have 2.1 million, 12 million, and 2.8 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. Besides, this country with a high population, where the craze towards cricket eventually leads to more followers on social media, and they have been showing great performances in recent years. They compete with strong cricket teams like India, Pakistan, and South Africa.
Indian cricket team holds the first position with the highest number of followers on social media with 61.9 million followers. They have 19.1 million, 28 million, and 14.8 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, respectively. But, the Indian team has faced many challenges in the past. On the contrary, all those struggles and difficulties sculpted the team to be the dominating nation in recent years, and they have shown consistency in all forms of the game. As Justin Langer once said, “In a population of 1.5 billion, if you’re going to be in the playing eleven, it’s going to be tough.” BCCI doesn’t have a YouTube channel but posts the highlights on the BCCI website and the BCCI app.