Rising Pune Supergiant’s wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is trending on Twitter as the most popular player for the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League after the micro-blogging website introduced the list of emojis of world-class players to make it easy for the social media users at the start of the IPL 2017.

The former India skipper is followed by concurrent skipper for Men in Blue, Virat Kohli, who didn’t have enough success with the bat this time around before other batsmen misfired to see the RCB faltering as a unit.

The latest data has revealed that hashtag #MSDhoni has been trending among the cricket fanatics even after failing to rise to the occasion in most of his innings while considering the fact of his capability – to smash the best of the bowlers all around the park.

The most searched name has been Dhoni which further showed how the 36-year-old batsman has left his overall impact on the followers of the gentleman’s game.

However, Dhoni was earlier criticised by Harsh Goenka following his low string of scores before the former praised his significant knocks later in the tournament.

Apart from the players, the hottest of the searches on twitter included Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. On April 23, a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders match was the most tweeted match out of 56 games in the group stage when RCB was skittled out for 49 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Among the top ten cricketers in the Twitter index, first six cricketers are placed as AB de Villiers (RCB), David Warner (SRH), Ben Stokes (RPS) and Steven Smith (RPS). Dhoni while becoming the top trend is most talked about player during the cash-rich IPL.

Known for his calm and composed character, Dhoni is trending on the micro-blogging website consecutively following the start of the tenth edition of IPL 2017 which saw his team qualifying for the finals, as they are a shot away from lifting the coveted trophy.

However, the 28-year-old, Virat Kohli, who was leading Royals Challengers Bangalore, finished the group stage at the eighth position with just seven points to their name in 14 games.

Dhoni, who would be playing his seventh IPL final since its inception in 2008, has played 15 matches in this season. He has scored 280 runs at an average of 28 which also included a solitary fifty.

On the other side, Virat Kohli missed out four games while nursing shoulder injury he received against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series. Kohli scored 308 runs at an average of 30.80 in 10 matches which included four fifties.

In 158 matches, Dhoni, the middle-order batsman has scored 3551 runs at an average of 38.18. Unorthodox in style, he has smashed 17 fifties and he is yet to register a triple figure mark in the widely acclaimed league.

    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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