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The President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Mr Virat Kohli, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 30, 2017.(PIB Photo)

Despite India Defeat, Virat Kohli Tops Facebook, with 3.54 Crore Followers, Second Only to Modi

Despite anger and anguish at India’s defeat in the hands of Pakistan Cricket team at ICC Champions Trophy in London last weekend, Team India Captain Virat Kohli is still most followed celebrity on Facebook, second to PM Narendra Modi.

His followers on Facebook page has 35,444,199 followers, next to PM Narendra Modi’s 41,793,333 followers, reveal the latest figures, suggesting that Kohli may have the potential to become one of the most-followed celebrities in India though he may not overtake Modi’s numbers in terms of popularity.

Despite Kohli’s behaviour in ousting India coach Anil Kumble after the ignominous defeat of India at the Oval, severe criticism of his attitude towards coaches and the team’s discipline, Virat Kohli is not going down in his social media popularity.

Even among the Bollywood celebrities, Salman Khan who was ahead of others, is now trailing behind Virat Kohli with 6 lakh less followers compared to Virat Kohli. Salman Khan has 34,858,909 followers in India and Pakistan while Kohli has 35,444,199 followers.

Kohli also has considerable followers in Pakistan and Bangladesh, show the figures. About 83 percent of his followers are from India, 5 percent from Bangladesh and about one lakh followers are there in Pakistan, show the figures.

On Twitter, Virat Kohli has 16,106,040 followers though he joined the social media platform way back in September 2009. He still leaves a track of his team on Twitter and the latest was at a stopover from London to West Indies with his boys in Blue.

Virat Kohli’s Instagram is relatively new but his followers on this social website too are many at 14.3 million, indicating at his growing stardom in India, which was made possible for the first time by Sachin Tendulkar and next by MS Dhoni and now Virat Kohli. Time for Bollywood to pick up?


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