All that people could talk about on social media was the big semi-final between India and Australia. Even as Indians watched Dhoni and team falter, opinions, status messages and tweets continued to pour in with simmering anxiety. Facebook recorded as many as 6 million people in India talking about the match, with 17 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) driving around the game. Twitter India had the #IndvsAus trending right on top way before the match began, and stayed on for hours even after the match was over.
Across the globe, 8.8 million people drove 24.5 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) around the match on Facebook. For team India, Virat Kohli dominated the conversation, while Steve Smith was the most buzzed about Australian player on the social media site.
Post the match, MS Dhoni also took to Facebook to express his emotions about the defeat and talk about his retirement.
MS Dhoni: “They played very good cricket, over 300 is always a difficult score, I felt it was just over par, they could…
Sachin Tendulkar reacted to India’s loss on Facebook 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….”
Well played in the ICC World Cup Team India. A tough game today and a loss is always difficult to handle. But you have…
Yivraj Singh, the man of the tournament in the last world cup also used the platform to offer his opinion, “India had a really good tournament. Sad for my boys but Australia has played some outstanding cricket in this world cup deserves to be in the final.”
Actor Amir Khan also posted on Facebook post the match defeat.
Well played Australia. Thank you to the Indian team for taking us to the semis. Hard luck and well played.
Twitter was abuzz with all things World Cup too. It had hashtags like #WeWontGiveitBack, #ChaloGiveItBack, Jadeja, Anushka among others. Jadeja’s hair trended for quite a bit at the beginning of the match, while Anushka Sharma took the spotlight in the evening as users took potshots at her and blamed her for Virat Kohli’s poor performance.
Apart from this chatter, there were some tweets from notable accounts. We’ve collated the best one’s out for you:
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 26, 2015
for a convincing win. Steve Smith’s hundred, Finch’s support to him and a strong finish by Johnson made the difference. #CWC15 (3/3)
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 26, 2015
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 26, 2015
— Jason Gillespie (@YCCCDizzy) March 26, 2015
— Damien Martyn (@dmartyn30) March 26, 2015
Congrats to the Australian team, you were outstanding tonight. The final will be Aust & NZ !! Wow, it’s going to be a cracker, who’s going ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 26, 2015
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 26, 2015
— Nathan Lyon (@NathLyon421) March 26, 2015
2 best teams & 2 best captains in CWC 2015. My heart wants New Zealand my head says Australia in these conditions. It’ll be a great final
— ian bishop (@irbishi) March 26, 2015
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) March 26, 2015
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 26, 2015
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) March 26, 2015
— Kevin O’Brien (@KevinOBrien113) March 26, 2015
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) March 26, 2015
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) March 26, 2015
My fellow Indians, heartbreaking this loss but proud of d way our INDIA played thru this World Cup!!!👍 Dhoni n team…cheers!!!:) #IndvsAus
— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) March 26, 2015
Respect to #dhoni probably the best leader the indian team has ever had I think it will be his last Worldcup time for the others to stand up
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 26, 2015
What a star and super ambassador of the game @msdhoni we love you. The fans all who have followed and supported India you guys rocked.
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) March 26, 2015
Is it ok if we still don’t give it back? I mean…. Just asking.
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) March 26, 2015