IPL’s emoji chart introduced by Twitter was dominated by the former India captain MS Dhoni in the entire tenth edition.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) and social networking site Twitter had come together to unveil an Indian and cricketing-world first by releasing special Twitter emojis for 30 of IPLs biggest star cricketers .
When fans tweet using the designated player hashtag, an emoji version of that player will automatically within the tweet, a press release noted. Tweets with the players’ emoji-related hashtags will count towards the daily IPL player battle on Twitter showcased during the live broadcast of the game. There will be an exclusive emoji for the 10ths season when fans tweet with #IPL, it said.
Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships, India and South East Asia, Twitter, noted that there had been over 84 million tweets related to the IPL over the last decade.
The final data released by the IPL and Twitter claims the #MSDhoni emoji has emerged as the most tweeted in the entire tournament. This cements the fact that Dhoni is immensely popular amongst Indian cricket fans. Personally, Dhoni didn’t have a memorable IPL season this year for has scored just 290 runs in the tournament at an average of 26.36 with just one fifty under his name and strike rate of 116.
Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships (India and South East Asia) of Twitter, revealed in a press release that the players’ Twitter emojis were a global first for cricket. Hashtag #MSDhoni also found a place among the top five hashtags of IPL 10. The top five hashtags were: #CricketMeriJaan by Mumbai Indians, #IPLFinal, #AmiKKR by Kolkata Knight Riders, #MSDhoni, and #MI. IPL 2017 champions Mumbai Indians was the most-mentioned team on Twitter followed by Kolkata Knight Riders. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rising Pune Supergiant, and Sun Risers Hyderabad followed them. As far as the most-mentioned matches by hashtags are concerned, the hashtag of the final match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant (#RPSvMI) topped the list.The qualifier between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders (#MIvKKR) and the eliminator match between SunRisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders (#SRHvKKR) were ranked second and third respectively.