It wouldn't be wise to think of Virat Kohli as only a cricketer. He is an influencer. He is an entrepreneur, an investor, the face of the game in many parts of the world and when it comes to earning a living, cricket is surely not the only way he earns his bread and affords a lavish lifestyle in Mumbai.
The India Test skipper has yet again topped the charts from the South Asian when it comes to charging fees per Instagram post in a list which is topped by Portugal and Manchester United veteran Cristiano Ronaldo. While the superstar footballer, charged a whopping $1,604,000 (close to 12 crore in Indian rupee) per post in 2021, Kohli who is an admirer of Ronaldo himself, is placed number 19 as per 2021’s Hopper Instagram Rich List. The 33-year-old charged $680,000 per Instagram post in the year gone by, which equals roughly over 5 crores in Indian rupees.
Priyanka Chopra only celebrity besides Kohli in the Top 50 earners from Instagram list
Kohli is nearing the hallowed 200 million followers mark on the photo-sharing app popularly known by the sobriquet Insta which is a testimony to the global following that the legendary cricketer has. His followers' tally currently stands at 177 million. Only one Indian celebrity besides Kohli features in the top 50 worldwide Instagram Rich list and it is the Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra.
On the cricketing front, Kohli is currently in South Africa. While he led India to a historic win in the Centurion Test, he missed out on the second Test match in Johannesburg due to an upper back spasm and in his absence, the Indian team succumbed to their first-ever defeat at this venue.
With the three-match series poised at 1-1 and India having never won a Test series in the rainbow nation before, Kohli would not only want to make a comeback but would lead the team to a series win to conquer what is being considered the Men in Blue's final frontier.
Post the test series, the teams will meet in a three-match ODI series. Initially, there were T20Is also on this tour but they will now be played at a later stage.