India's Virat Kohli ranked ninth among sportsmen in 2018 Instagram Rich List

Sudhir Gupta 26/07/2018
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Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to feature on the list for 2018.

Virat Kohli continues to make waves on social media with the India cricket team skipper finding himself among the top 10 sportsmen in the 2018 Instagram Rich List released by Hopper HQ on Wednesday.

The Indian cricket superstar is featured 17th overall in the list for 2018, which measures the monetary value of a single Instagram post. The Hopper HQ list takes into consideration the amount of followers, per post engagement and the frequency of posts to arrive at its conclusion.

Kohli is the only cricketer to feature in the top 75 people on the list which is headed by celebrity Kylie Jenner who rakes in approximately $1 million per post on her Instagram. In comparison, the India star’s per post monetary value is estimated at $120,000.

Among sports athletes, Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the leader with a per Instagram post value of $750,000 while Brazil’s Neymar and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are in the second and third position respectively.

Neymar is estimated to draw in $600,000 per post while Messi makes about $500,000 approximately.

England’s David Beckham, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Barcelona’s Luiz Suarez, LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and MMA stalwart Conor McGregor are the other sports athletes who feature ahead of Kohli on the list.

Kohli is ranked ahead of NBA's Stephen Curry in the list.

Kohli is ranked ahead of NBA’s Stephen Curry in the list.

Kohli’s value is pegged to be higher than NBA star Stephan Curry of the Golden State Warriors and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather who are featured in 18th and 19th spots respectively in the overall list.

The 29-year-old India batsman has a follower count of 23.2 million currently on Instagram.

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Watch India captain Virat Kohli's incredible 'Kohlicopter' six in Bristol T20

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The spotlight is on India captain Virat Kohli as he looks to put the failure of his last Test tour of England behind him. He took his first steps towards that goal by putting in a fine batting performance in the three-match T20 series which the men in blue won in Bristol on Sunday.

Kohli scored 20 not out, 47 and 43 to help India beat England and his last knock was particularly impressive as it helped India chase down 199.

One shot during his 29-ball 43 stood out for its audacity and artistry. Facing pacer Liam Plunkett in the 14th over of the chase, Kohli went inside-out over extra cover to deposit the pacer over the boundary ropes with a flourish reminiscent of MS Dhoni’s ‘helicopter shot’.

That shot from Kohli brought the hashtag ‘Kohlicopter’ back on the social media radar. The term originally became prominent in 2014.

Watch Kohli’s shot below and compare it to MS Dhoni’s ‘helicopter’ shot.

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Virat Kohli becomes quickest to 2000 T20I runs in India's eight-wicket win over England

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Virat Kohli broke a new record on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli has become the fastest player to 2000 T20I runs after achieving the feat in his 56th innings on Tuesday.

The Indian captain reached the landmark during his side’s resounding win over England, when Kuldeep Yadav’s five-for and KL Rahul’s century consigned England to an eight-wicket loss.

Kohli, who had missed two previous opportunities on this tour when he was out for 0 and 9 in two innings against Ireland, beat the mark previously held by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who had taken 66 innings.

India’s star batsman, who was also the quickest to 1000 T20I runs, in 27 innings, is the fourth batsman to reach the 2000 mark, after McCullum, fellow New Zealander Martin Guptill, and veteran Pakistani Shoaib Malik.

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