New Delhi: Runs are not flowing from Virat Kohli’s bat this Indian Premier League but his popularity continues to rise on social networking sites.

Kohli now has 3.1 million followers on Twitter while he breached the 10 million mark on Facebook last month. On the field, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain has managed 144 runs from nine innings at an average of 18.

In fact, Kohli was the most popular player on Twitter in the third week of IPL, claims advertising company Ogilvy.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians too have not been performing to the expectations but they remained as the most searched team on social networking site last week.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s stunning chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad at home was the most talked about match on Twitter last week followed by Mumbai Indians’ win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

On the all time Twitter followers’ chart, Kohli (3.08 million followers) is way ahead at the top, gaining 50,000 new followers in the third week of the IPL, the highest of anyone in the top 10.

Chennai Super Kings crossed a landmark by going past 650,000 followers on an all-time basis in Week 3, ending at 658,000.

Royal Challengers Bangalore breached the 450,000 mark this week to maintain their hold on the No.3 spot, slightly increasing the gap with Kolkata Knight Riders.

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