India winning runs was the most mentioned moment and cricketer Virat Kohli was the most mentioned player on Twitter during the ICC World Cup
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | March 22, 2016
Cricket mania spilled onto Twitter during the weekend, as India beat Pakistan at the ICC World Cup Twenty20 (#WT20 on Twitter). Indian cricket fans were ecstatic on March 19 (Saturday) as the host nation beat Pakistan in Kolkata and their joy found expression in 1.12 million Tweets on Twitter.com.
With the win, India kept their 24-year unbeaten record against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC World T20 intact and extended their streak to 11 wins. The rivalry between the fans of the two opposing teams played out not just on the field, but also on Twitter, with real-time conversations between teams, players, experts and fans.
#INDvPAK has always been big on Twitter. In the last three years, international cricket matches between India and Pakistan have generated 3.15 million Tweets using the official match hashtag, with a 644 per cent growth in Tweets between 2013 and 2016.
#INDvPAK trended all day on Twitter on Saturday both in India and globally. More than 1.12 million Tweets related to the match were sent, making it the most Tweeted T20 International match ever, beating the earlier record of the recent Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan, where more than 6,70,000 Tweets had been sent to the website.
With his fantastic innings in a tight run-chase, @ImVKohli became the most mentioned player of the match on Twitter. Here are the most mentioned players on Twitter:
IND vs PAK
Most Mentioned Players INDIA PAKISTAN
Virat Kohli (@ ImVkohli) Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik)
Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) Mohammad Amir
Kohli reaching his 50 was also one of the most talked about moments on Twitter. It was topped only by the winning moment which saw more than 12.4 thousand Tweets in the moment.
Top Moments on Twitter #INDvPAK
11:24 PM - India wins by 6 wickets - 12.4k Tweets
11:16 PM - 50 runs Kohli - 7.6k Tweets
9:20 PM - Afridi out - 6.1k Tweets
*The Indian Cricket Team Tweeting a Vine of captain M.S. Dhoni having a fun moment in pre-match training
*Fan Harneet Singh Tweeting a photo of the epic moment when Virat Kohli bowed to Sachin Tendulkar after scoring his 50 with captain M.S. Dhoni looking on
*Bollywood actor Boman Irani Tweeting that all flights were delayed at Delhi airport till India won the match
*Madhur Bhandarkar Tweeting a video of the winning moment of the match from the ground
*ESPNCricinfo with a cool Tweet about India’s all-win record against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cups
*The ICC (@ICC) Tweeted a video of Man of the Match Virat Kohli signing the Twitter Mirror for fans after the match
*The International Cricket Council (@ICC) Tweeting a video to a fan of his Tweet being answered by Indian captain M.S. Dhoni on live global TV as part of their exclusive #AskCaptain Twitter activation for the ICC World T20
*Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar Tweeting to thank the team after the match
*Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeting congratulations to the team after the win