India batsman KL Rahul started things off by stating Kohli has “confirmed his theory” that the skipper is obsessed about his beard by getting it insured.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal joined the ‘debate’, tweeting: “Just heard Kohli got his beard insured. Always seen him protective about it, but didn’t expect this.”
Finally, Kohli joined the discussion surrounding his beard by joking that since all the talk surrounding his beard and its insurance has become entertaining, “it’s popcorn time”.
Virat Kohli‘s wax statue didn’t even make it through its unveiling at the Delhi studio of Madame Tussauds on Wednesday before being damaged.
According to reports, the right ear of Kohli’s statue was damaged when fans flocked to the attraction to take selfies, leading to the statue being removed and sent for repairs.
The lifelike statue shows Kohli in a batting stance and donning the Indian jersey. The skipper joins other famous athletes like Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Sachin Tendulkar to have a statue in Delhi’s wax museum.
“I sincerely appreciate the efforts and incredible work undergone in making my figure. Thanks to Madame Tussauds for choosing me for this lifetime experience. I am grateful to my fans for their love and support,” Kohli said in a statement issued by Madame Tussauds.
“This experience is going to be stored in the fond memories of my life… now waiting to see the fan reactions.”
The fan reaction was unsurprisingly crazy, so much so that the statue didn’t last a day before needing repairs.
Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap by winning India’s Cricketer of the Year award for the fifth time on Thursday.
He will receive the prestigious Polly Umrigar award, named after the ex-India captain at the BCCI function in Bangalore on June 12.
The 29-year-old was appointed the captain of the national team in 2015 and led them to top of the Test rankings the following year.
In 2016-17, he scored 1,332 runs in 13 Tests, and averaged 84.22 for his 1,516 runs in 27 ODIs.
In his six Tests in 2017-18, he scored 896 runs with an average of 89.6.