By Asha Thacker, Sports Partnerships, India
More than 46 million people interacted on Facebook during this year’s ICC World Twenty 20, which culminated in thrilling victories by both the West Indies Men and Women’s teams on April 3rd in Kolkata. From March 8th to April 3rd, 16 men’s and 10 women’s cricket teams faced each other in the most exciting T20 tournament to date.
A number of matches and moments also drove high levels of conversation. During the India vs. Pakistan match on March 19, over 8.2 million people to Facebook and the final match between England and West Indies saw 6.1 million people engage on the platform. The ICC and team Facebook Pages totaled over 180 million video views during the same period (March 8 to April 3).
Most Mentioned Players on Facebook
- Virat Kohli (India)
- MS Dhoni (India)
- Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
- Chris Gayle (West Indies)
- Rohit Sharma (India)
- Hardik Pandya (India)
- Yuvraj Singh (India)
- Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
- Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
- Joe Root (England)
- Sana Mir (Pakistan)
- Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh)
- Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
- Mithali Raj (India)
- Meg Lanning (Australia)
During the tournament, profile frames were used over 17 million times by people showing their support for ICC World Twenty20 teams on Facebook. This included players and cricket fans from around the world, as well as celebrities and public figures.
LIVE from the ICC World Twenty 20
The ICC, multiple cricket boards, players, publishers and celebrities created over 500 live videos for cricket fans on Facebook. Over 60 official press conferences were streamed directly onto the ICC Facebook Page immediately following the conclusion of both men’s and women’s matches. Hundreds of thousands of fans tuned into Facebook Live to watch their favorite players field media questions and millions more watched the videos on Facebook in the hours and days after each match.
Indian Cricket Team captain MS Dhoni fields questions from the media after he led his side to a win over the Pakistan Cricket Team:
The Australian Cricket Team with a live pitch review prior to their first game in Dharamshala:
West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy, captures his unique preparation routine:
Bangladesh Cricket Team Captain, Mashrafe Mortaza’s, return to Dhaka following the teams elimination:
Over 20 publishers and personalities used Facebook Live over 400 times throughout the event to provide exclusive match commentary and analysis as well as engage and entertain fans:
News publishers: Aaj Tak, ABP News, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, IBN Live, India Today, Quint, FirstPost
Sports publishers: cricbuzz, Cricket Tracker, Sportskeeda, CricketCountry.com, Cricketnext, ESPN Cricinfo, Sky Sports
Personalities: Aakash Chopra, Cricketwallah, Anil Kumble, Kunal Kapur, Bollywood Gandu, Vikram Sathaye
Lifestyle: Being Indian, Dice Media, Indian Ocean, TVF Qtiyapa
Live with Aaj Tak experts Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin and Madan Lal during the innings break of India-Australia:
Virender Sehwag‘s April Fools surprise on Cricbuzz:
Masterchef Kunal Kapur gives a snack tutorial for the Innings break:
During the event, the World T20 also inspired publishers, broadcasters and media companies to produce videos for cricket fans on Facebook.
FilterCopy asks fans “Which one of these cricket fans is you?”
Getting Closer to the Action
The ICC ensured that fans were never too far from the event by sharing key match moments such as the final ball of the India versus Bangladesh match and immediate player reactions, such as Chris Jordan’s pitch side interview following his team’s qualification to the Finals.
Players and teams took to Instagram and Facebook share their excitement and experience with fans:
- West Indies team dances their way into their hotel following the Semi Finals in Mumbai.
- England’s Ben Stoke, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid run practice drills in their hotel with the help of an apple.
- Pakistan Women’s Captain Sana Mir and team share a special thank you message with their parents after their victory over Indies.
- DJ Bravo launches his ‘anthem’ Champion on Facebook Live.
- Australia Captain Steve Smith congratulates Shane Watson on his career following his retirement from International cricket.
- Yuvraj Singh wishes his fans Happy Holi on Instagram.
Celebrities, sports teams, journalists, politicians and more from around the world took to Facebook and Instagram to post about the #WT20.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Indian captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kolhi following their victory over Australia in Mohali.
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull showed his support for the Southern Stars by adding a profile frame and also wished the team good luck on the eve of the Finals.
- Chelsea FC wishes India Vice Captain Virat Kolhi good luck for his semi final match.
- Shah Rukh Khan showed his support for Team India and added a profile frame before the India versus Pakistan match and also posted a fun good luck message for the Indian Cricket Team during the Super 10 stage.
- Amitabh Bachchan’s congratulatory message to the West India Team.
- Sachin Tendulkar’s heartfelt thank you to the crowd in Kolkata at the India versus Pakistan match.
- Usain Bolt’s Champion celebration for the West Indies’ victory.
- Mohammed Nabi and the Afghanistan team receive a special phone call from President Ashraf Ghani following their amazing run in the tournament.
The ICC WT20: Were You Watching?
Cricket fans the world over joined the conversation on Facebook through dedicated prompts and messages. People were able to see posts from their friends and people they follow, follow match scores, and view realtime reactions, photos and videos from news outlets, public figures and people around the world through an enhanced trending experience.
Celebrating with Stickers
In celebration of cricket, Facebook launched the Cricket Match-up sticker pack. During the tournament, over 13.9 million fans downloaded the sticker pack and used them to express themselves before, during and after matches.