Despite being in the news for all the wrong reasons off late, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has surpassed another milestone on social media. He has made breaking records on the field look easy and now he is doing the same in this sphere. Kohli has become the favourite villain of many who blame him for anything bad that happens with Indian cricket. The latest controversy is related to his fallout with ex India coach Anil Kumble wherein he portrayed some immature behaviour.
Inspite of all the controversies, the intense skipper has only climbed upwards with regards to his popularity on social media. Recently, Kohli overtook Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to go atop the list of most followed celebrities on Facebook. A number of factors are responsible for his incredible rise to stardom. He has obviously impressed one and all with his spectacular batting skills which come close to a certain Sachin Tendulkar. He has been praised by the greatest cricketers of all times for his display of the best quality of batting in international cricket at present.
The cricketing superstar also possesses good looks which go a long way in increasing his popularity among the members of the sex which are not really too involved in the game. His fashion sense is also another contributor to his popularity. Kohli also owns a fashion chain, which has further increased his fan base. He has been endorsing a number of brands, which has helped him reach out to the masses and connect with the people.
The Indian captain has become the second-most followed Indian with 35 million followers on Facebook just behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has surpassed famous celebrities like Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan and many other to reach this far. He is also the most followed celebrity on Instagram.
The Delhi lad has been the poster boy of Indian cricket with regards to batting ever since Sachin Tendulkar retired. Although his captaincy is not really up to the mark, Kohli surely knows the way to make his way into the hearts of people worldwide. He has broken many records on the cricket field. Since 2014, Virat Kohli has endorsed top brands like Pepsi (no longer), Audi, Tissot, MRF, Punjab National Bank and many others. Kohli is the number one sports icon at the moment.
Kohli’s popularity is not only limited to India. He has over 1 million fans in Pakistan which is a stupendous achievement considering India and Pakistan are arch-rivals. He is the only cricketer in the list of most followed sports personalities worldwide. Among the global celebrities, Virat Kohli is at the 52nd spot. British band Coldplay tops this list. It is expected that Kohli will only climb greater heights and continue to make India proud on the global platform.