Indian captain Virat Kohli has reached another milestone recently as he became the first cricketer to gain 100 million followers on Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing social media platform – Instagram. With this, he has joined famous footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazil’s Neymar, Argentine’s Lionel Messi, Hollywood actor and former pro-wrestler Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, American singer-songwriter Beyonce, and Ariana Grande in the 100 million-club as well.
While Ronaldo placed at the top of the chart with a huge 265 million followers, Barcelona captain Messi and Neymar placed at the second and third spots respectively with 186 million, 147 million followers as well. And, Virat Kohli is the fourth most followed sportsperson on the social networking platform – Instagram as well.
However, Kohli had earlier become the first Asian to achieve the rare feat of 75 million followers on Instagram. As far as other cricketers are concerned, Virat Kohli has more than three times the followers of second-placed MS Dhoni (30.4 million), the fo. Apart from Instagram, Kohli also has a massive fan-following on other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. As of now he has 40.8 million followers on Twitter, while has over 36 million likes on Facebook.
Virat Kohli – the first cricket star to hit 100 million followers on Instagram 🎉 pic.twitter.com/HI1hTSbo8M
— ICC (@ICC) March 1, 2021
However, Virat Kohli has already broken several records and he is on the verge of surpassing former Australia captain Ricky Ponting as well. He is going to create another world record when he will take the field in the upcoming fourth and final Test against England at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad which starts on Thursday. He has scored two half-centuries in the series but couldn’t score a century yet.
Kohli last smashed a ton during the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2019. Since then, he has featured in 11 innings but is yet to get a century. However, if he manages a ton in the upcoming Test, then he will surpass Ponting in the list of captains with most international centuries.
Currently, both Ponting and Virat Kohli are placed at the top with 41 centuries and if Kohli scores another one, it will be his 42nd international hundred as captain, the highest by any player in the world as well. Notably, it would be his 28th Test century too.
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