India's thrilling victory over Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 set social media ablaze with a record 1.2 million Tweets and 22 million interactions on Facebook.
The rivalry not only just played out on the field and in the stands, but also played out on Twitter, with real-time conversations between and with teams, players, experts and fans.
#INDvPAK trended on top of Twitter chart throughout the day and this match became the highest tweeted international T20 match ever. It beat the earlier record of the recent Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan which received over 670,000 tweets.
Saturday's most mentioned cricketers on social media were India's Virat Kohli and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.
Such was euphoria that the victory moment from yesterday’s encounter received 12,400 tweets per minute, which was even more than the victory moment from last year’s Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan.
Kohli reaching his fifty was also one of the most talked about moments on Twitter. It was topped only by the winning moment as India conquered the winning runs against Pakistani bowlers to claim victory.
And when it comes to social media, how could PM Narendra Modi shy away from congratulating the 'Men in Blue' for their 11th consecutive win in a World Cup match?
Congratulations Team India for the amazing victory. #IndvsPak
The reel-life Dhoni united with the real-life Dhoni to celebrate India's victory.
— Sushant S Rajput (@itsSSR) March 19, 2016
On Facebook, over 10 Indian celebrities - including Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Shraddha Kapoor - added 'profile frames' to their profile pictures supporting Team India.
With a tagline saying "Go Team India" on her profile frame, actress Priyanka Chopra wrote: "I've arrived a little late to this party... blame it on my endless days and different timezones! But I'm super excited to support team India at the ICC World Twenty 2016."
"Great Win Team India!! Thank you for the innings and gesture Virat Kohli! Team India returning to the dressing room after the game, waved to me. Felt like I never left the team...," wrote India's former cricket star Sachin Tendulkar, who posted on Facebook and Instagram a selfie with a celebrating crowd in the background.
Another selfie featuring actors Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan with the caption, "Bachchan boyz in da house!!! Let's do this India!!", was posted while the father-son duo were on their way to Kolkata to watch the match.
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published On : Mar 20, 2016 19:53 IST