Our Men in Blue – the Indian cricket team displayed an all round performance yesterday in Adelaide, Australia to keep the record intact against Pakistan. India won its first ICC Cricket World Cup match by 76 runs – a historic win since Pakistan has lost for the sixth time to India in a world cup match.
Yesterday being a Sunday was the perfect occasions for fans to enjoy the game live on the ground, on the TV and on social media. Fans from both countries India and Pakistan have been dominating the social media space for the last few days. It was Star Sports India’s cheeky ad which added some more fuel to the ongoing rivalry.
On the game day while we saw some superb knocks from Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina posting a decent score of 300 on a flat batting track, social media (to be read as Twitter) saw some very interesting trends dominating the space.
While the team showed similar grit when it came to field by its bowling and fielding, here are the seven major trends that ruled social media during the #IndVsPak match.
1. INDVsPak still trending
According to ICC, within 12 mins the Adelaide stadium was sold out for the big match on Sunday. One could hardly see any other flag than India and Pakistan in the stadium. The domination of the fans was reflected on social media too, but IndVsPak ruled both on Facebook and Twitter. The trend got more powerful with Pakistani players giving it up to the amazing bowling and fielding by Indians. In fact the trend is still dominating social media and looks like it will hold its ground today also.
— Priyanka Bhatt (@iPriyankaBhatt) February 16, 2015
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 15, 2015
— One.in (@Onedotin) February 15, 2015
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) February 15, 2015
2. Amitabh Bachchan the lucky charm
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan made his debut as a commentator during yesterday’s game. Not only did he add the much needed spark to the Hindi commentary box, he also proved to be lucky for the Indian team according to his fans.
The legendary actor started off his on-air stint with former India captain Kapil Dev and ex-Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar in the pre-match show. Bachchan, 72, then eased into the commentary box with the likes of Akash Chopra, Rahul Dravid, and Arun Lal.
Sitting in the Hindi box for the first half-hour of the match, Bachchan not only picked up the ropes of commentary pretty quickly but also answered questions from one of his great admirers, cricketer Rahul Dravid.
T 1770 – The debut commentator … hahah !! and the victory celebration among well wishers .. pic.twitter.com/yPQ022HW1m
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 15, 2015
Meanwhile Twitter fans have already proclaimed him as India’s lucky charm; tweets below tell you why:
Amitabh Bachchan is our lucky charm for Ind-Pak match. Last time he did commentary, India won the match & saved 3 guna lagaan in Champanair. — Branded Bawi (@ZeniaIrani) February 15, 2015
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 15, 2015
Amitabh Bachchan starts the Star Sports Indo-Pak match commentary with Aakash Chopra and Shoaib Akhtar pic.twitter.com/avkgj9QBUp
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 15, 2015
3. Dettol – the silly ad
An India-Pakistan match is equal to the Super Bowl – the annual championship game of the National Football League. While we have seen how marketers prepare for the Super Bowl and come out with the best creative ads to gain maximum eyeballs during the game, Indian marketers have just done the opposite.
If you watched though, the Ranbir Kapoor Lays ad was tasteless, but Dettol went one step ahead with its mindless jingle and got itself trended for all the wrong reasons. The senseless jingle of “Dettol , Dettol ” and the timing of the ad during the final moments of the game was enough to kill it on Twitter.
The brand manager and creative guy might be proud that at least they have got people talking about the silly ad during such a high-powered game, here is what Twitter has to say to the Dettol ad.
Best job in the world is of that guy who got paid to write the Lyrics of the Dettol jingle. — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) February 16, 2015
Afridi hit Kohli by throwing a ball at him Kohli stared with anger Misbah looked around, started singing “Dettol Dettol Dettol Dettol ho”
— Overrated Sala (@bhak_sala) February 15, 2015
My god this Dettol ad needs to be banned for eternity. — Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) February 15, 2015
To have great impact, you either make a kickass ad or a totally idiotic one. Both get the people taking. #dettol
— Nandita Iyer (@saffrontrail) February 15, 2015
(TVC) Score so far: I’d like to dunk a full bottle of Dettol on Shruti Hassan’s head. #IndvsPak
— Karthik Srinivasan (@beastoftraal) February 15, 2015
5. Star Sports India
A week ago Star Sports India had launched the India vs. Pakistan TVC that sparked the much required excitement to its ongoing campaign #WontGiveItBack. Taking inspiration from the fact that India holds the bragging rights of having defeated Pakistan in all world cup games, the one minute long TVC expresses the frustration of a Pakistani fan who is waiting to celebrate one win by bursting crackers.
Thanks to the Indian team’s performance, Star Sports also came out as a winner and made sure it leveraged from yesterday’s win. Taking a jibe over Pakistan’s loss over India, the Facebook update from the brand has made it viral, the same was also posted on Twitter too.
— STAR Sports (@StarSportsIndia) February 15, 2015
This post from Star Sports India was enough for Twitter to get going on it.
— Arunabh Kumar (@TheQtiyapaGuy) February 15, 2015
6. Man of the player
Ex-Pakistani cricketer and Star Sports commentator Rameez Raja never disappoints, he awarded Man of the Player to Virat Kohli instead of Man of the Match.
Twitter spares no one, the fumble from Rameez at the prize distribution ceremony gave enough reasons for Indian fans to rub more on the wounds of Pakistani fans. Rameez got trended for the wrong reason, looks like he couldn’t take the sixth consecutive crashing defeat of Pakistan against India.
Rameez Raja is so depressed he just called Virat Kohli as man of the player.
— Dorkstar (@Dorkstar) February 15, 2015
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 15, 2015
Man of the player, he says – Rameez Raja never disappoints — The Bad Doctor (@doctoratlarge) February 15, 2015
7. Rega Jha
You must be wondering why is the BuzzFeed India editor trending on Twitter on a India-Pakistan game day. The answer lies in the below tweet which balances on freedom of expression and the unconditional responsibility Twitter influencers should have.
it’s so sad that no matter who wins, Pakistanis will continue to be way hotter than us and we’ll continue to be their ugly neighbours
— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) February 15, 2015
Listen. I don’t wanna #BreakTheInternet or anything but I also think oranges are tastier than apples. Discuss.
— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) February 15, 2015
The tweet really got some Indians offended, bringing her really nasty replies along with some hilarious ones too. Hopefully BuzzFeed isn’t planning a listicle article on the same!
Justine Sacco. Rega Jha. 2 reasons to think before you tweet. And 2 reasons to think before you crucify someone for a tweet. — Ashok Lalla (@ashoklalla) February 16, 2015
Calm ur titties Twitter. Rega Jha was probably referring to herself as the ugly neighbour. It’s her opinion of herself, who are we to mind? — Mihir Bijur (@MihirBijur) February 15, 2015
An India-Pakistan match can never be short of drama, and social media made the drama a lot more spicier. Nevertheless, the scorecard stands 6-0 now #IndVsPak.