The Twitter #CWC15 group stage recap

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Record breaking totals, hundreds galore, five-fors and even a few hattricks – the #CWC15 in Australia and New Zealand has brought cricket-lovers around the world to Twitter to share in every exciting moment.

With the group stage now complete and the finals of the @cricketworldcup about to start, we’ve compiled data and visualisations to show how the conversation has unfolded on Twitter since the matches began.

Whether checking the latest scores, Tweeting about their teams’ wins or lamenting a loss, cricket fans have flocked to Twitter to keep up with the #CWC15, with more than 800 million total views of Tweets during games so far.

The Twitter #CWC15 group stage recapThe #INDvPAK clash generated the most Tweet impressions of any match

It was the match that stopped two nations, and the tussle between India (@BCCI) and Pakistan (@TheRealPCB) was massive on Twitter as well. The Tweets about @BCCI’s victory were viewed more than 118 million times (impressions) during the match window.

Here are the top five matches that fans followed (based on impressions of Tweets about each match) on Twitter from the #CWC15 group stage:

  1. India (@BCCI) vs. Pakistan (@TheRealPCB) on 15 February
  2. South Africa (@OfficialCSA) vs. India (@BCCI) on 22 February
  3. West Indies (@westindies) vs. India (@BCCI) on 6 March
  4. England (@ECB_cricket) vs. Bangladesh (@BCBtigers) on 9 March
  5. South Africa (@OfficialCSA) vs. Pakistan (@TheRealPCB) on 7 March

The most-Tweeted moments of the tournament so far

Three of the top five most-Tweeted moments occurred during the #INDvPAK match. Here are the top five #CWC15 moments that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation, measured in Tweets per minute (TPM), during the group stage:

  1. India (@BCCI) is victorious by 76 runs in the 15 February match against Pakistan (@TheRealPCB)
  2. India (@BCCI) defeats South Africa (@OfficialCSA) by 130 runs in their 22 February game
  3. India’s (@BCCI) Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) brings up his century Pakistan (@TheRealPCB) in the 15 February match
  4. Bangladesh (@BCBtigers) win by 15 runs, knocking England (@ECB_cricket) out of the Cup on 9 March
  5. India’s (@BCCI) Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) is dismissed for 107 runs against Pakistan (@TheRealPCB) on 15 February

Twitter’s player of the tournament so far

Using a points allocation system (where the most-mentioned player in a match is awarded three points, the second most-mentioned is awarded two and third most-mentioned is given one) the Twitter player of the tournament from the groups stages is @BLACKCAPS star Brendon McCullum. @TheRealPCB’s Misbah Ul-Haq (@MisbahulSkipper) ranked second, with Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2), scorer of a remarkable four consecutive hundreds, in third place.

The Twitter #CWC15 group stage recap

The most-Retweeted #CWC15 Tweet

Following @BCCI’s victory over @TheRealPCB on the first match weekend, Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi Tweeted his congratulations to the national team, which had Indian fans reaching for the Retweet button. With over 20,000 Retweets, it’s the most shared Tweet of the #CWC15 so far.

Here’s a collection of some of the most Retweeted Tweets during the group stages.

The thrilling action will continue as the #CWC15 enters the knockout stage. As the tournament heats up, before, during and after the match, our special Cricket World Cup timeline, accessible via a Twitter search for #CWC15, the official match hashtags or by visiting, will bring to life every match for Twitter users as their one stop for Tweets, commentary and expert analysis, plus photos and videos.

And as we hit the end of #CWC15, a fun way to express yourself and show support for your team is to Tweet with hashflags. Front and centre during the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup events, they’re a great way to add some colour to your Tweet.

The Twitter #CWC15 group stage recap

Use a hashtag in front of the relevant three-letter country code, and that country’s flag will appear after the text. Hashflags are available now on iOS, Android and Web.

So who’s your pick to win the #CWC15 title? Let us know with a Tweet and a hashflag or two!