31 million tweets around #CWC19; Dhoni most tweeted about player
Tweet by Virat Kohli thanking fans and his heart-warming gesture towards 87-year-old die-hard India fan Charulata Patel is the most retweeted tweet of #CWC19
On Sunday, England won the ICC World Cup by beating New Zealand in a dramatic super over after a nail-biting final which ended in a tie after six weeks of action-packed cricket.
As 10 teams from across the world played for the coveted cup, cricket fans from all over the world came to Twitter to talk about the matches. A report shared by Twitter said the conversation around #CWC19 generated over 31 million tweets from May 20 to July 15. The tweets talked about winning moments, shocking upsets, classic catches, and let’s not forget all the memes about the rain. Comparing the hashtag #CWC19 to the last Cricket World Cup hashtag #CWC15, there was more than a 100% growth in tweet volume containing the official hashtag.
This Cricket World Cup, fans across the world were able to catch the video highlight clips from each game on Twitter through official handles @ICC and@cricketworldcup. These handles also tweeted unique videos, behind the scenes content and interviews with captains, which enabled fans to connect with players and experts. These two handles clocked a collective of more than 60 million video views, reaffirming the power of video on Twitter.
Twitter also shared the golden tweet from #CWC19. The tweet by Team India’s captain Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) thanking the fans and his heart-warming gesture towards 87-year-old die-hard India fan Charulata Patel took all users on an endearing trip, making it the most retweeted tweet of #CWC19.
Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. ??? pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 2 July 2019
To illustrate just how engaging the cricket-related conversations on Twitter have been, the micro-blogging site compiled a list of numbers and visualisations for #CWC19. #INDvPAK cricket match is always a highlight on Twitter and this tradition continued for #CWC19. India, which finished at the top of the table in the league stage, and lost to New Zealand in the first semi-final, was the most tweeted about team in #CWC19, with its wicket-keeper and former captain MS Dhoni being the most tweeted about player, though Virat Kohli was the most tweeted about captain.
Hotstar, the official streaming partner of ICC World Cup, continued to raise the bar in live streaming, setting a new global benchmark during the India vs New Zealand semi-final on July 10. The platform registered an unprecedented 25.3 million concurrent viewers, shattering its own previous world record of 18.6 million set during the VIVO IPL 2019 final.
Hotstar also witnessed upwards of 15 million concurrent viewers across multiple matches through the ICC Cricket World Cup.
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