Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli‘s fandom is not unknown to this world. Not just in the cricketing world, or in India, Kohli has managed to gain fans and followers from all across the globe. He has bagged a huge number of followers not just through his talent on the pitch but various other factors – his looks, fashion sense, controversies and agree or not but a little because of wife and actress Anushka Sharma.
With his gruelling success and popularity, he has become a recent favourite amongst the Instagram community with a whopping 33.7M following which beats the likes of Bollywood’s superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan with 12.7M and 17.1M followers, respectively.
What’s more surprising is that – not just the Bollywood superstars, Kohli is also more popular than his fellowmen MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar who are considered big-time cricket icons. With Dhoni having 13.5M followers and Sachin at 14.7M on Instagram, these legends have still not matched up to the current captain’s following.
However, the heartthrob himself doesn’t follow a lot of people on Instagram – just 93 accounts which include that of his team, wife Anushka Sharma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a few memes pages.
Surprisingly, captain Kohli earns approximately 3.2M annually in exchange for each paid promotional post on Instagram – according to last year’s social media revenue report generated by Forbes.
Virat’s increasing popularity can be judged by the fact that he is loved by a million not only just for his cricketing skills but also because of his looks, style and fitness regime.
The star cricketer is also an apple of his fans’ eyes because of all the lovey-dovey pictures he keeps sharing with wife Anushka Sharma, a Bollywood actress. The couple has made the internet go crazy time and again with their beautiful romantic pictures. For instance, this picture of ‘Karvachauth celebrations’ posted by Kohli alone has over 3M likes!
He also doesn’t dishearten his loving followers and keeps updating them with his life bits by being active on social media.
Although he has crossed the Indian legends in terms of Instagram following, Kohli has a lot of catching up to do to match other global superstar athletes like Ronaldo with 167 million followers, Lionel Messi has 119 million followers, LeBron James has 49.1 million followers, and Wayne Rooney 13.8 million on Instagram.