Proteas’ ODI captain AB de Villiers has taken the top spot on a list of South African celebrities with the greatest number of Twitter followers. Teammates JP Duminy, Albie Morkel and Faf du Plessis also featured on the list, although retired Proteas Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis scored even higher than them. The inaugural list was compiled by media company Black Smoke Agency, which hopes to research it regularly.
De Villiers’ 2.68m followers narrowly beat those of renowned South African comedian Trevor Noah, who recently took over a top TV show in the US. Noah had 2.63m followers. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith came in 5th with 905,000 followers and retired all-rounder Jacques Kallis’ 849,000 followers put him in sixth place. Faf Du Plessis was at 8th position with 778 000 followers; JP Duminy 9th with 769,000 and Albie Morkel ended the top 10 list with his 754,000 followers.