The most awaited T20 match between India and Pakistan on 19th March 2016 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata saw unbelievable 22 million interactions on Facebook. There were 8.2 million unique users of Facebook who showed their support for their respective teams.
Virat Kohli of India and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan were most talked about cricketers on Facebook.
Celebrities on Facebook
Indian celebrities — including Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Shraddha Kapoor – changed their profile pictures in support of the Indian Cricket Team.
With a tagline that said ‘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 time zones! But I’m super excited to support team India at the ICC World Twenty 2016.”
The megastar of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, posted a selfie on Facebook and Instagram with the crowd celebrating India’s win. He wrote, “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….”
The ‘Don’ of Bollywood industry Amitabh Bachchan was also present at the Eden Gardens. He continually motivated Team India in such a crucial match against Pakistan.
Amitabh Bachchan expressed his feelings on his blog:
“The roar of victory, in battle in sport or in life, can possess your being in an almost ritualistic euphoric ecstasy.”
“I am a frightened being tonight! For, I am possessed with the spirit of victory over an adversary that has rivaled us through many generations now, separated sadly by an invisible earth bearing line, drawn by aliens to the region, but responsible for it, or tasked for it, by the historical anomaly of colonialism”, he added.
The actor also sang the national anthem before the match began. He said that he felt honoured and privileged for this opportunity given to him. The actor was overwhelmed with joy as he raised the National Flag.22 million interactions during India-Pakistan T20 match! Click To Tweet
Mahendra Singh Dhoni also known as “Captain Cool” said:
“To have a very bad game or a very bad series and to come back strong, it’s the kind of character the boys have.
“And I feel it’s very important to back them and have confidence in them that they will bounce back and will come back strong.”
Cheers to Team India!
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