Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the most followed sportsperson in India. In fact, he is the second-most followed Indian on Facebook with 35 million followers to his name as he surpassed Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. The Indian run machine is now just behind Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 42.2 million Facebook followers.
Kohli achieved the new height amid the tussle between him and former head coach Anil Kumble. Though people trolled him for the fiasco at the dressing room, the incident didn’t affect his fan following on social media.
When he was asked about this new feat, Kohli said, “This is all the result of what we do on the field and if people like it, we automatically feel good about it.” Also read: India break Australia’s record as they become king of 300-plus scores
Kohli is also the most popular celebrity of the country on Facebook as he overtook Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by more than 6 lakh followers.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also has 16 million followers on Twitter and 14 million on Instagram. His overwhelming fan following on social media made him the most popular cricketer in India. Also read: West Indies vs India: Ajinkya Rahane scores ton as India thump Windies by 105 runs
Kohli, on Sunday, scored 87 off 66 balls as India defeated West Indies by 105 runs at Queens’ Park Oval in Port of Spain. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (103) shared a 97 runs second wicket partnership before Alzarri Joseph dismissed him.
“I am really happy with the complete performance by the entire team,” said Kohli in reflecting on his side’s dominant effort. “Missing out on a hundred means nothing to me. It was more important to be getting runs for the team at the end of the innings.”