Indian captain, Virat Kohli recently became the first cricketer to record 100 million followers on Instagram; he is also only the fourth sportsperson to achieve this feat after footballer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar.
However, the 32-year-old isn’t paying much heed to the social media stuff as he focuses more on improving himself in his personal and professional life.
“I don’t pay a lot of attention to the followers count. I don’t get inspired by that. I just want to be a better person and a cricketer. If people get happy by what I post that makes me happy. That’s it,” Virat Kohli said.
After reaching the landmark number, Virat Kohli thanked his fans and shared a video of his journey on Instagram.
“You have made this journey beautiful. Feeling blessed and grateful for all the love. Thank you. 100 million. #instafam,” captioned Kohli.
While the right-hander notched up a hundred on social media, fans, and Kohli himself as well, is waiting to end his century drought in international cricket – Kohli last made a ton in November 2019 and went the entire 2020 without an international three-figure score, his first such year since 2008.
When We Lost In New Zealand Inside Three Days There Were No Discussions Around The Pitch: Virat Kohli
India won their last two Tests, after losing the previous one to those. The hosts took a series lead over England in Ahmedabad by winning the day-night Test inside two days. Inevitably, there was a lot of debate around the pitch, which offered a turn from the first session in the last couple of games.
Now, Virat Kohli, after terming the Ahmedabad pitch as ‘good to bat on’, has once again come out to slam the critics. On the eve of the fourth Test, the Indian skipper pointed out that his side lost the Test match in New Zealand last year inside three days, and nobody spoke or criticized the pitch – but they all have cribbed about the pitches in the last couple of Tests.
“Let me ask you a question – do we play matches so that they last 5 days or do we play to win? We lost in New Zealand inside 3 days. No one said anything about the pitch back then. Our strength is we focus on ourselves and not the pitch. We need to be honest with ourselves about this narrative (of spinning tracks).”
“I believe there is too much noise about spinning tracks. Our media should present the view that spinning tracks are fine in the subcontinent. The reason behind our success as a team is that we haven’t cribbed about any surface we have played on. We have always tried to improve,” Kohli said in the virtual press-conference.
In the fourth and the last Test of the series, which commences on Thursday, India should avoid defeat to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship – if England wins the game, then Australia will go through to play the final at Lord’s against New Zealand.