When you think of sports, words like inspiring, engaging, immersive and emotions comes to mind. It is a rapidly growing industry worldwide but for India specifically, the major focus is only on Cricket. Therefore, no wonder the most followed sports pages on Facebook in India are indeed related to Cricket. Just to put things in perspective, India is the second most populous country in the world and it has the largest fan base of cricket in comparison to anywhere in the world.
Over the years in India since smartphone penetration has increased and data tariff has decreased, the online consumption of sports content is definitely on the rise. With the social media boom, Facebook has become one of the most important platforms for sports fans to interact with each other on a regular basis.
Here in this blog, we will list down the top 10 sports pages on Facebook in India (based on total ‘Likes’) which are doing a great job at building their digital presence and keeping their fan base engaged.
As we all know India worships cricket and cricketers to an extent that everything comes to a standstill when there are matches going on. It is not all surprising that with such frenzy across the nation, the Indian Cricket Team Facebook page boasts a humongous fan base of 29 million people and thus stands on the top spot of this list of best sports pages on Facebook in India. Posts on this page vary from time to time. It majorly focuses on cricket updates be it about the upcoming/ongoing matches or about the specific cricketers. It is good to see that the page also showcases updates from the Indian Women’s Cricket Team apart from just the Men’s Team which has a higher preference amongst the national audience. Keeping up with the digital trends, the page also shares video content which are crisp enough to be viewed by the digital audience. All in all this page is the ultimate community of Indian Cricket fans who end up engaging alot with their posts on a regular basis.
IPL is the most watched Cricket league in the world based on the Twenty20 format. It is a tournament where renowned international cricketers come together on one stage & budding Indian players are groomed under their guidance. Currently in 2018, this is the eleventh season of IPL where eight teams are competing against each other. Each team represents a city in India, however the players are a mixed bunch of International and Indian players who were finalised via auction. Their Facebook page has a huge fan base of 20 million people and thus stands on the second spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. The posts on their page are majorly match updates be it in the form of blog shares, image posts or video content. Considering it’s popularity across the country, the posts on this page gets a lot of engagement as fans come forward to cheer for their favorite teams and engage in discussions.
The Kolkata Knight Riders is a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. They have won the IPL Championship twice and boasts a huge fan base which translates into it’s digital audience as well. With more than 16 million Likes on their page, KKR stands on the third spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. They are doing a fantastic job at building a community of fans on their page via posts which allow fans to cheer, keep them updated with the matches and also give them a sneak peek at what’s happening behind the scenes. They have integrated video content on their posts in a very interesting manner as they not only showcase match highlights but also give access to behind-the-scenes content, episodic content and anything else that is creative. On a frequent basis, contests are also run on the page to reward their audience.
The Mumbai Indians is a franchise cricket team based in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Founded in 2008, Mumbai Indians play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team is owned by India’s biggest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, through its 100% subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The team has won the IPL Championship thrice and with that it has gained a lot of fan base which can be seen on their Facebook page. With more than 13 million Likes, they stand on the fourth spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. On their page, they mostly posts match updates and other like generating posts which are either images or short videos. Currently for this IPL season since they are out already, some of their recent posts have be focussed just on thanking their fans for their support and building up hope for a better season next time. This is a great example of their sporting spirit. Apart from that to keep their audience engaged, they also run contests on a frequent basis.
The Chennai Super Kings is a franchise cricket team based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Founded in 2008, the team plays its home matches at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. After serving a two-year suspension from the IPL starting July 2015 for the alleged involvement of their owners in the 2013 Indian Premier League betting case, the Super Kings returned to the league in 2018. The team is captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming. They have won the IPL Championship twice and has emerged to be one of the best teams over the years. With more than 12 million Likes, it stands on the fifth spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. Their posts are majorly match updates in the form of images and videos. It also showcases updates on what’s happening behind the scenes with the players. In order to keep their fans involved they also hold various contests.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (often abbreviated as RCB) are a franchise cricket team based in Bangalore, Karnataka, that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL).The home ground of the Royal Challengers is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The team is currently captained by Virat Kohli and coached by Daniel Vettori. They haven’t yet won any IPL Championships but have made three appearances in the finals. With the presence of Virat Kohli, the team has managed to acquired a good amount of fan base as their Facebook page has around 9.5 million Likes. This makes them stand on the sixth spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. Their posts on the page approach match highlights in a interesting manner by showcasing poster like image posts and innovative video content such as the animated series called #FunCaptian. You will also find a good proportion of branded content that basically pushes contests on the page for audiences to engage in. Apart from that, they also post content from their website to redirect the audience there.
The Kings XI Punjab is a franchise cricket team based in Mohali, Punjab, that plays in the Indian Premier League. Established in 2008, the franchise is jointly owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, Wadia Group scion Ness Wadia, Dabur’s Mohit Burman and Karan Paul. So far in all the seasons, Kings XI Punjab hasn’t won the IPL Championship. Despite that, they have a strong fan base of about 8.8 million people on Facebook. This makes them stand on the seventh spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. Their content on the page is a mix of match updates in the form of images/videos and posts from their website. They also have innovative summary videos of their players in specific matches. All in all just like other team pages, their strategy is to keep the fans engaged and get maximum reach from their posts.
The SunRisers Hyderabad is a franchise cricket team based in Hyderabad, Telangana, that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network and was founded in 2012 after the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers were terminated by the IPL. The team is currently captained by Kane Williamson and coached by Tom Moody. The primary homeground of the team is the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. So far they have won one IPL Championship and with that they have gained a fan base of about 5.9 million people on Facebook. Thus, it stands on the eight spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. On their page you will find match updates in the form of images and videos alongside behind the scenes footage of the players during practice sessions and other fun activities. They also frequently post relevant blog posts from various sports websites. Apart from this using their official hashtag #OrangeArmy they also hold various fun contest for their fans on the page.
Sportskeeda connects fans, pundits and athletes from all over the world. With a mix of news, real-time updates, features, videos and humour, the platform provides sports entertainment in its purest and most exciting form. Amidst all the IPL teams hogging the limelight in this list, here on the ninth spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India is this platform called Sportskeeda Cricket with more than 5.5 million Likes. On their page, you will find posts that update the fans on the current and upcoming cricket matches. Right now it’s all about IPL since the eleventh season is still on. When it comes to video content, they are doing a fantastic job of experimenting with episodic content that is around cricket such as How to IPL, Bol IPL, IPL Dishout and many more. They also post content from their website on the Facebook page in order to redirect the audience there. All in all this Facebook page is the perfect community of cricket fans around the world who get a common space to share their passion for this sport.
The Delhi Daredevils is a franchise cricket team representing the city of Delhi in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Founded in 2008 one of the eight founding teams of the IPL, the Delhi franchise is owned by the GMR Group and JSW Group. So far they haven’t won any IPL Championships but still have a strong fan base of about 4.7 million people on Facebook which makes it stand on the last spot of the best sports pages on Facebook in India. Their posts not also feature match updates but also focus on specific players of the team. In the current eleventh season of IPL, Delhi Daredevils have not be able to make it to the playoffs but they have shown immense gratitude for their fans and players on their Facebook page with heartfelt posts about them.
So there you go all the fanatic cricket lovers of India – these are the top 10 sports pages on Facebook in India which you need to closely follow for your daily dose of cricket.