NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be the most followed Indian on Twitter.
However, the growth in his follower base at 52 percent was lower than that of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.
As per a Twitter report capturing trends in 2017, PM Modi saw his follower base increasing to 37.5 million (as of December 4), from 24.6 million in 2016.
Congrats to @narendramodi who tops the most followed list on Twitter in India with 37.5 million followers. Here's the ten most followed Indians on Twitter this year #ThisHappened pic.twitter.com/onP2uWxEvg
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) December 5, 2017
Kohli saw his followers grow by 61 percent during the same period although on a smaller base. The cricketer is ending the year with 20.8 million followers, as against 12.9 million last year.
Cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar also saw a growth of 56 percent in his follower base on Twitter this year. This is the first time ever, Kohli and Tendulkar made it to the list of top 10 most followed Indian accounts, Twitter said.
The list was dominated by Bollywood actors with Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan.
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan saw their fan base on Twitter grow at 40 percent each. However, Shah Rukh, with 30.9 million followers, was ahead of Salman who had 28.5 million followers.
(With PTI inputs)