Virat Kohli, the captain of India and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), became the first Indian to reach 200 million Instagram followers on Tuesday.
Kohli, one of the most famous cricketers globally, is renowned for smashing records on the field, but this achievement demonstrates his global popularity.
Kohli is the most followed cricketer on Instagram, with just Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having more followers among athletes.
Kohli expressed his gratitude to his fans on Instagram.
“Stronger than 200 mil. Thank you for all of your support, Instagram family. “Kohli posted a montage of his Instagram postings with his message.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants to have a single captain for the short overs forms; hence Kohli recently handed up leadership in T20Is after the 2021 T20 World Cup and was removed as the ODI captain.
He also stepped down as India’s Test captain shortly after.
In all forms, he has been succeeded by Rohit Sharma as captain.
Kohli has been rested for India’s forthcoming T20I series against South Africa due to a recent slump in form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
When India plays England in the postponed 5th Test from last year’s series, he will be the second player to enter the field.
India had seized a 2-1 lead in the series under Kohli’s leadership when the fifth match was postponed owing to a Covid outbreak in the visitors’ camp.