It’s hard to keep the flamboyant Indian skipper Virat Kohli out of the limelight, as the 29-year-old has surged past all to stand out as one of the most exceptional talents to have ever graced the Gentleman’s game. Since his place in the Indian team, the Delhi boy overcame all his hurdles to be the ‘beau monde’ of modern cricket.
Chivalrous as he may be, the Indian skipper has quite the fan following on and off the 22 yards. Kohli has defined the fitness and fashion quotient throughout, credits to his Bollywood tie. The swashbuckling cricketer has over 36 million fans on Facebook, Instagram followers of over 15 million and 20 million followers on Twitter.
As per the recent reports by Forbes, the Indian captain earns a startling $500,000 (₹ 3.2 crore) per post through Instagram. The football icon Cristiano Ronaldo is tied up with Kohli at the second place, while comedian Kevin Hart topped the chart with $1 million (₹ 6.4 crore) per post.
Kohli reportedly roped in $22 million (₹ 141.3 crore) through brand endorsement contract, out of which $19 million (₹ 122 crore) came through endorsements alone in the year 2017 alone.
In the first half of the year, Kohli became the 88th and only athlete from India to feature in the Forbes list of top 100 highest paid athletes. Recently, he toppled Barcelona legend Lionel Messi to become the most marketable athlete of 2017.
Words fall short to explain the talented batsman’s form and his record breaking spree. The 29-year-old recently Kohli overtook Ricky Ponting to become the second batsmen after legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to achieve the most centuries in ODI cricket. He also rocketed to be the fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs and is yet to concede a bilateral series as captain. Other than that, he is also nearing the 2000-run mark in T20I cricket.