Pro Kabaddi began a third season of fun and the opening weekend saw thrilling action involving all eight teams as defending champions U Mumba (@U_Mumba) staved off hosts Telugu Titans (@Telugu_Titans) by two points in a close first match!
In response, Telugu Titans bounced back with two wins on the trot against Puneri Paltan (@PuneriPaltan) and Dabang Delhi (@DabangDelhi) to go atop the leaderboard.
Twitter was the social soundtrack for all the excitement as franchise owners, players, and fans took to the platform to cheer their teams on for every raid and save.
TWEETABLE QUOTE: 23,000 Tweets with #LePanga to start @ProKabaddi 2016, up 254% from last season!
Link to interactive Reverb chart: http://reverb.twitter.com/view/534945509329181643
Opening day team Twitter battle (#LePanga)
On the opening Saturday, @ProKabaddi invited fans to face off in a Twitter battle whose results were displayed real time in malls in the eight franchise cities. Fans could Tweet with #LePanga and the hashtag of their favourite team to help them on their way to the top.
Even the team owners added to the conversation, goading fans to get involved.
In the end, the Patna Pirates (@PatnaPirates) emerged victorious.
Missed a key moment? Continue to keep up with some of the best raids and saves as Pro Kabaddi Tweets GIFs in real time.
This season, Pro Kabaddi teams are embracing Vine to take you closer into their practice sessions. Here are a few examples.
Taking fans closer with native video
You can also catch up with cool videos as the league account (@ProKabaddi) and the eight teams make smart use of Twitter’s native video tool to help fans learn more about the sport and take them on tour with them.
This selection of Tweets with native videos highlights the preseason and opening weekend:
Pro Kabaddi is also giving fans a chance to Tweet and cheer for their team in every match whose results are then showcased on live television prior to the start. Get in!
You can stay connected to a collection of voices from the league by subscribing to this Pro Kabaddi Twitter list which includes the accounts of the league, eight teams, players, and the broadcaster @starsportsindia.
You can also follow your team of choice below. The list represents the Twitter leaderboard amongst the eight teams ranked by number of followers on Twitter as of today:
Will U Mumba (@U_Mumba) continue their consistent run of the last two seasons or will a new champion emerge?
We’ll see as the public conversation around Pro Kabaddi continues to grow on Twitter in season three!