New Delhi: As Australia and India faced off on Thursday to compete for a spot in the Cricket World Cup final, conversation on Facebook exploded as millions joined in ball-by-ball commentary during the crucial game.
Globally, 8.8 million people drove 24.5 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) around the match on Facebook. In India, 6 million people had 17 million interactions.
In addition to the volume of global conversation, Facebook’s data team looked at the top demographics and most talked-about players on Facebook during the match.
For Team India, Virat Kohli dominated the conversation, while Steve Smith was the most buzzed about Australian player.
The top demographics talking about the match were:
1. Men, 18-24
2. Men, 25-34
3. Women, 18-24
4. Women, 25-34
5. Men, 35-44
Players, news outlets and Bollywood stars have also been using Facebook to connect with fans and share their experiences. Here are some of the best posts related to #AUSvsIND:
After the match:
Indian Captain MS Dhoni shared a photo and commented on the loss, saying he is unsure whether he will play in the next World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar reacted to India loss in this post, saying: "A tough game today and a loss is always difficult to handle. But you have played some terrific cricket throughout and all the fans have enjoyed watching you….”
Yuvraj Singh, the man of the tournament in the last world cup, said in a post: “India had a really had good tournament. Sad for my boys but Australia has played some outstanding cricket in this World Cup deserves to be in the final.”
Cricinfo shared this video, asking fans for reactions and messages to the Indian team following the loss.
The ICC posted a series of photos and said “The co-hosts put in a brilliant all-round performance to knock the Reigning Champions, India out of #cwc15 and claim their place in the #cwc15 Final in Melbourne on Sunday.”
The Australian Cricket Coach Darren Lehman with Australian Rugby player getting behind the team by going gold which is their finals campaign: https://www.facebook.com/Wallabies/posts/10153124373050731:0
The Australian Rugby Team also posted this video - https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153124647325731
Sports commentator Beau Ryan supporting the team - https://www.facebook.com/beauryan/posts/667002920112973
South African player AB De Villiers congratulated the Aussie team in a post on his page.
Bollywood celebrities also took to Facebook to comment about the match:
Aamir Khan posted: “Well played Australia. Thank you to the Indian team for taking us to the semis. Hard luck and well played.”
Shah Rukh Khan said: “Awake with team Fan….watching the match. Too nervous suddenly. Go India…love you and we are all screaming our hearts out!!!!