Just ahead of the cricket world cup, M S Dhoni’s India has emerged as second-best on Twitter, but not when it comes to numbers.
An inspection of social networking site Twitter following of players from the squads announced for the eight test-playing nations in the ICC World Cup 2015 reveals that South Africa is the most Twitter-savvy team, with 12 of the 15 players in the squad having verified Twitter accounts. Australia and England come second in the list, while India shares the third place with New Zealand.
India however leads all other teams in terms of Twitter following. The combined follower base for the Indian players with verified Twitter accounts is almost equal to that of the verified users from all other teams put together.
The squad for each team comprises 15 players, making a total of 120 players for the eight teams. Of these, 62 players (~51 percent of the total) have verified Twitter accounts.
Eight players have a fan following of 1 million or more. Four of these players are Indians – Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. The other four, in decreasing order of number of followers, are Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Michael Clarke.