Insidesport year-ender: Kohli leads sports world on twitter

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Such is the impact of Kohli’s social media reach, that each professional post by the Team India skipper carries a price tag of around ₹ 3.5 crores. On a par with Portugal and Juventus star striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

In 2019, too, Kohli did not just top the Twitter table as the most-followed Indian sportsperson, but also on every other parameter of success from among Indian male sportsmen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In Twitter’s list of the most interesting and talked about topics that emerged on Twitter, Virat Kohli’s tweet to wish Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the former India captain’s birthday has been the most tweeted sports post of the Year 2019 on the social media platform. #cwc19 was the most tweeted sports hashtag of the year.

“Happy birthday Mahi Bhai @msdhoni. Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I’m glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You’ve been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain,” Kohli has stated in his birthday message to his predecessor as the Team India skipper. The message since July 7 has been retweeted 47.4 thousand times and has 414.1 thousand likes.

Twitter has shared with pride this heartfelt Tweet by Kohli on Mahi’s birthday with a picture of the duo together made for an epic moment for Indian cricket fans.

Kohli has expectedly also topped the chart of  #ThisHappened: Top Most Mentioned Accounts for sports, while PV Sindhu remained Twitter’s most-followed female Indian sportsperson of the year.

 The Most mentioned accounts are ranked by a number of unique authors discussing on Twitter from Jan 1 to Nov 15, 2019.

Top 10 Most Mentioned Handles in Sports – Male:

1. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli)

2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni)

3. Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45)

4. Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt)

5. Virender Sehwag(@virendersehwag)

6. Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh)

7. Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12)

8. Hardik Pandya (@hardikpandya7)

9. Ravindrasinh Jadeja (@imjadeja)

10. Jasprit Bumrah(@Jaspritbumrah93)

Top 10 Most Mentioned Handles in Sports – Female:

1.   P.V. Sindhu (@Pvsindhu1)

2.   Hima Das (@HimaDas8)

3.   Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania)

4.   Saina Nehwal (@NSaina)

5.   Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03)

6.   Mary Kom (@MangteC)

7.   Smriti Mandhana (@mandhana_smriti)

8.   Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand)

9.   Manasi Joshi (@joshimanasi11)

10.  Rani Rampal (@imranirampal)


While the top 5 most followed Indian male sportspersons accounts on twitter are of cricketers, there is no female cricketer among the top 5 most followed handles.

Top 5 Most Followed Handles in Indian Sports – Male:

1. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) – 32.9 mn

2. Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) – 31.3 mn

3. Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) – 20.2 mn

4. Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) – 15.5 mn

5. Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) – 10.4 mn

Top 5 Most Followed Handles in Indian Sports – Female:

1. Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) – 9.12 mn

2. Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) – 8.44 mn

3. P.V. Sindhu (@Pvsindhu1) – 2.84 mn

4. Jwala Gutta (@Guttajwala) – 1.51 mn

5. Mary Kom (@MangteC) – 1.43 mn