Virat Kohli has many records to his name, which in itself might be a record some day – he added two more to the impressive list on Sunday.
Kohli first became top run-getter against West Indies in ODIs. Kohli crossed Pakistan legend Javed Miandad’s tally of 1,930 runs against the Windies in 50-over cricket. Kohli crossed that mark during the second ODI against the Caribbean side in Port of Spain.
The India skipper crossed Miandad’s mark in 34 matches, which is 30 games less than how long it took the Pakistan great to score those runs.
However, the one major difference is the quality of the Windies attack. Miandad’s ODI career started in 1975 and ended in 1996. During that period, the Windies produced some of the greatest and most menacing fast bowlers the game has seen.
Kohli, on the other hand, has scored his runs against much-weaker Caribbean attacks. Even so, it’s Kohli who has broken Miandad’s record and not any other batsman of this era.
And he has broken the record in almost half the time, which is no mean feat.
Also, Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly’s ODI tally of runs for India. Ganguly scored 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs and Kohli overtook the former captain in just his 238th match.
Only Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs than Kohli for India in ODIs – 18,426. Kohli’s average is nearing 60 and if he plays anywhere near Sachin’s tally of 463 ODIs, he will crush every ODI record in the book.
India captain Virat Kohli is the biggest name in the game, the most powerful brand in the sport and the biggest presence in the online world.
Kohli is the only cricketer among the Forbes 100 highest paid athletes and one of the most marketable names in the world. It is the result of his extraordinary performance on the field, personality, and engagement with fans.
It is therefore no surprise that Kohli has the largest following on social media among cricketers.
On Wednesday, Kohli crossed 30 million followers on Twitter. He had already breached that mark on the other two major platforms – Facebook and Instagram. With the latest achievement, Kohli has over 100 million followers.
The breakup of Kohli’s social media presence is 37m on Facebook, 35.5m on Instagram and 30m on Twitter for a total of 102.5m.
Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar comes closest to Kohli’s social media numbers. Tendulkar has 29.4m followers on Twitter, 15.3m on Instagram and 28m on Facebook for an aggregate of 72.7m.
Wicketkepeer batsman MS Dhoni comes in next with 7.47m on Twitter, 14m on Instagram and 20m on Facebook for an overall following of 44.47m.
India captain Virat Kohli was the only cricketer in the Forbes 100 highest-paid athletes for 2019.
Kohli was the 100th name on the list, with total earnings of $25 million (Dh91m). His earnings included $4m from match fees and $21m from endorsements. Kohli’s match fee includes his $1m India contract and IPL deal.
Kohli’s low salary – compared to other athletes, especially NBA and NFL players – meant he was right at the bottom of the list, even as his endorsement list compared favourably to that of NBA stars Russell Westbrook (16th on the list with $35.7m earnings and $18m in endorsements) and James Harden (20th with $30.7m salary and $17m in endorsements).
India wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni was once among the 100 highest-paid athletes but has now slipped out of the list.
Lionel Messi emerged as the highest paid athlete for 2018/2019. Messi took home a cool $127m through salary and endorsement deals.
Second on the list is Messi’s long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo who earned $109m in total.