Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to reach 50M followers mark on Instagram


NEW DELHI: Skipper Virat Kohli has become the first Indian to reach the 50M followers mark on social media platform Instagram. Kohli, who is breaking cricketing records with each passing match, has a great social media following.

The 31-year old has so far made 930 posts on the platform and his social media posts continue to enthrall fans worldwide.

Overall, Instagram’s official account has the most number of followers and it is followed by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 200M followers.

In terms of Indians with most number of followers, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is on the second spot with 49.9 followers while Deepika Padukone is on the third place with 44.1 followers. Last year, Kohli had become the most successful Indian Test captain, surpassing MS Dhoni.

Currently, Kohli is in action against New Zealand and his side would take on the hosts in the two-match Test series, slated to commence from February 21.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that players who play all three formats will take more breaks from their tight cricketing schedule in future.
Kohli has been playing consistently for Men in Blue in almost every format from the last eight-nine years and is now also holding the responsibilities of a skipper.
“It is not a conversation to hide away from in any manner. I think it has been eight-nine years now that I have been playing almost 300 days in a year with the travelling and all of that with practice sessions and intensity is right up there all the time,” Kohli told reporters in a pre-match conference.
He added that since this can take a toll on players, to maintain balance, more breaks will be taken by them in the future.
“It does take a toll on you. I’m not saying that it is not something that the players are not thinking about. We do choose to take a lot more breaks now individually even though the schedule might not allow you to. So, you are going to see a lot of that in the future from many players, not just myself. Especially the guys who play all three formats,” the skipper said.
“It is not that easy that being captain and having intensity in practice sessions and discussing the game,” he added.
The 30-year old also confirmed that he is ready to play rigorous cricket for the next 2-3 years as he is happy with periodic breaks.