IPL 2019, season 12 has became one of the most exciting events to look forward to in the history of Indian Premier League with its controversies and auctions of the players. The much awaited league kicked off with no fanfare this time around as they didn’t want to have any blitz as a mark of respect to the Pulwama victims. In fact the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which played the opening match donated the proceeds from its match to the families of Pulwana martyrs.The first match was between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.While the BCCI donated Rs 20 crores to the Indian Army before the IPL season 12 kicked off, the CSK made a generous contribution of Rs 2 crores to the families of CRPF men who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack.

Right from Day 1, cricket enthusiasts are indulging in promotion of their teams. Either because of their controversies or because of their captains, some IPL teams have garnered huge popularity and highest fan following in the country.

Here are the official anthems of all the IPL 12 teams competing this year...

We present to you some of the IPL teams with huge fan following on social media:

1. Kolkata Knight Riders

The most popular IPL franchise on social media at present is Kolkata Knight Riders. The team owner Shah Rukh Khan, popularly known as the King of Bollywood, is one of the major reasons to attract millions of followers. Not only him, even KKR has put up great shows on the field by winning the IPL 2 times. The team has garnered a whopping 16Million followers on Facebook, the highest for any IPL team. Cricketer Dinesh Karthik is heading the team. The IPL season 12 proved to be unlucky for KKR as they bowed out of the tournament in a match held last night against the Mumbai Indians. The KKR team comprises Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Robin Uthappa (Vice Captain), Nikhil Naik who can bat as well as do wicket-keeping. The other batsmen include Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh. This season of IPL had some six all-rounders in the team including Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Shrikanth Mundhe and Carlos Brathwaite. The Kolkata Knight Riders also boasts of having some fantastic bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Prtihvi Raj Yarra, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa, Sandeep Warrier and Matt Kelly. So what if they had to exit the season without qualifying for the final game, the team continues to make news thanks to its star player Andre Russel. The cricketer draws a fat pay cheque of a whopping 7 crores (one million US dollars). It wouldn't be wrong if we said that Andre Russel largely dominated this season with his fantastic game. The Jamaican player gave the season some great cricketing moments.

After their exit from IPL season 12, KKR official twitter handle tweeted thus....

Followers:

Facebook - 16 M

Twitter - 4.2 M

Instagram - 945K

Are you a KKR fan? Then here's the official song of Kolkaka Knight Riders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6HZYvPPNGo

2. Mumbai Indians

Led by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians are the second most popular IPL side with the highest number of followers on Instagram. Having won three IPL titles so far, the craze for the Mumbai Indians team is at the peak with the players like Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya Brothers becoming crowd favorites over the years. The team is owned by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani of Teliance Industries Limited. While Mahela Jayawardene is the head coach, Shane Bond is the bowling coach for the Mumbai Indians team. The squad for IPL 12 includes the likes of Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Beuran Hendricks, Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Lasitha Malinga, Mayank Markande, Micthell Mcclenaghan, Pankaj Jaswal, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Rasikh Salam, Siddhesh Lad and Suryakumar yadav. The team has performed very well this season and have reached the top of the IPL points table. This team sure is the one you should watch out for.

Followers:

Facebook - 13.2 M

Twitter - 4.99 M

Instagram - 2.4 M

Want to root for Mumbai Indians? Then you must know this song

3. Chennai Super Kings

Thanks to its team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, CSK has garnered huge support from Tamilians. Even after suffering a two year suspension, the team’s popularity has not waned. Also, Dhoni’s leadership which led to the team winning three IPL titles, is one of the primary reasons for CSK being one of the hot favourites for IPL lovers. MSD as is he fondly referred to is certainly the man of the moment in every IPL season. He keeps his team in the news for one reason of the other and of course for all the good reasons. Tamilians have given him the title ‘Thala’ which means head and symbolises immense respect that he has earned for himself since the time he started playing for CSK. The Chennai Super Kings is owned by N Srinivasan. Stephen Fleming coaches the team. The CSK has a balanced team this year comprising MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Francois Du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, David Willey, Lungisani Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Sam Billings, Jagadeesan N, Dhruv Shroey, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishoi, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Scott Kuggeleijn. The CSK is always the hot favourite for winning IPL as they have a superb success record.

Followers:

Facebook - 12 M

Twitter - 4.61 M

Instagram - 2 M

Can't get enough of CSK and MSD? Show that you are true blue tamil fan with this song.

4. Royal Challengers Bangalore

Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli is heading the team of Bengaluru. The team, which has delivered an outstanding performance in all the seasons, has secured fourth position. The expectation from the team is higher when compared to other teams as it has captain Virat Kohli, who has scored record number of runs in the recent One Day International matches. Despite not winning a single IPL title so far, the fans have always stood by them and turn up to support their team every year at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Royal Challenger Bangalore have not had a great season thus far. However, they are much talked about, thanks to Virat Kohli. ABDe is one of the hot favourites for sports enthuasists. He is also another reason why the team enjoys a good fan following. The team started off on a bad note thanks to a controversial umpire decision which jeopardised their chances of winning the match. The RCB was formerly owned by Liquor baron and UB Chairman Vijay Mallya. However, after Mallya left India following financial scandals, Amrit Thomas took charge as the chairperson of the RCB. Here's a look at RCB player list for the IPL season 12 currently underway.

  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiers
  • Parthiv Patel
  • Washington Sundar
  • Pawan Negi
  • Moeen Ali
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Tim Southee
  • Umesh Yadav
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Kulwant Khejroliya
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Gurkeerat Singh Mann
  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Shivam Dube
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Himmat Singh
  • Milind Kumar
  • Prayas Ray Barman
  • Akshdeep Nath

Followers:

Facebook - 9.3 M

Twitter - 3.38 M

Instagram - 2.2 M

Nothing can change your love for RCB? Then it's time to show some love with this number

5. Kings XI Punjab

The franchise has not enjoyed a great run in the league. However, team owner and Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta’s presence in the stadiums at every match has increased the followers every year.

The KingsXIPunjab is jointly owned by Preity, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul and Mohit Burman. The team which had reached the IPL final way back in 2014 suffered eliminated from this season of IPL, thanks to its poor performance. The team lost six games of the last eight fixtures. Even though Preity was mighty disappointed over her team's exit, she thanked the fans for their undying support to the team. Here's a look at her tweet..

It was disappointing for the fans of KXIP to watch their exit from the game as they had pinned their hopes on the players in the squad which included David Miller, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Gayler, Hardus Vilijoen, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran, Lokesh Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Andrew Tye, Anjit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain) and Varun Chakravarthy. Let's hope they come out stronger in the next season.

Followers:

Facebook - 8.7 M

Twitter - 1.92 M

Instagram - 832 K

Every team has its theme song and here goes the anthem of the Kings XI Punjab

6. Sunrisers Hyderabad

Launched in the year 2012, Sunrisers Hyderabad is the newest team among the current 8 active IPL teams due to which the fan base is lower as compared to some other franchises. The team has won 2 IPL titles so far. The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is owned by Kalanithin Maran of Sun TV Network. The team's coach is Tom Moody while Kane Williamson is the captain of the team. SRH is one of the top contenders to grab the title this season. The team members include...

  • Martin Guptill
  • Yusuf Pathan
  • Rashid Khan
  • W Saha (wk)
  • Shakib Al Hasan
  • S Nadeem
  • J Bairstow (wk)
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Kane Williamson
  • Abhishek Sharma
  • Sandeep Sharma
  • David Warner
  • Vijay Shankar
  • T Natarajan
  • Manish Pandey
  • Siddarth Kaul
  • Deepak Hooda
  • Khaleel Ahmed
  • Ricky Bhui
  • Billy Stanlake
  • S Goswami (wk)
  • Basil Thampi

Followers:

Facebook - 5.9 M

Twitter - 2.04 M

Instagram - 852 K

Die hard fan of Sunrisers Hyderabad? Cheer them with this anthem

7. Delhi Capitals

Undergoing consistent changes every year, the Delhi Capitals have not been successful in winning a single edition of IPL so far. The team resulting at the bottom of the table every year has affected the popularity. The Delhi Capitals is captained by Shreyas Iyer while Ricky Pointing is the coach. GMR Group and JSW Group owns the franchise. The team has performed better than the previous seasons and includes some good players like Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Sherfane Rutherford, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Ankush Bains, Nathu Singh and Bandaru Ayyappa.

Followers:

Facebook - 4.6 M

Twitter - 1.33 M

Instagram - 624 K

The team has performed better this year and made Delhiites proud. If you want to root for the team, here;s the song you should be singing.

8. Rajasthan Royals

Despite winning the inaugural edition in 2008, Rajasthan Royals haven’t made a massive mark in the league, since then. The team is the least popular among all the IPL teams on social media. With no big names, the popularity also has affected. Ajinkya Rahane is leading the side this edition.

Rajasthan Royals is owned by Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch. Shane Warner Is the team mentor. Steve Smith is the captain of the team. There are some promiing players in the team, here's a look...

Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag

Followers:

Facebook - 4.2 M

Twitter - 1.11 M

Instagram - 488 K

Want to treat cricketers like royals, then here's the official song of the Rajasthan Royals. Sing this to show how much you love them.

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