Numbers follow Virat Kohli like the flow of runs from the blade of the willow in his hands. His scoring and record-breaking spree on social media has been in sync with the rise of his commercial values and cricketing records.
Virat Kohli with a jump of four positions in the hookit rankings list for social media interactions has emerged in the fourth position for the month of March. The global list, like most of the sports ranking charts, is spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, who with 136.8 million interactions holds an unassailable lead.
Basketball icon LeBron James (76.2 million) is in the second position. Tyler Blevins presence in the third position (66.7 mn) establishes the rapidly growing fan following of eSports.
Then comes cricket world’s most followed icon Virat Kohli with 52 million social media interactions in the month of March. Football’s global icons Lionel Messi, Neymar da Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos follow the Indian cricket star in that order.
Among cricketers, the Indians remain most popular on social media the world over. Rohit Sharma with 44 million interactions and 41st position is the second-ranked cricketer in the Hookit list for the month of March, which also has Sachin Tendulkar in the 52nd position as the third cricketer on the chart.
The highest followed cricketer, Kohli has 37,215,960 followers on Facebook, 24,121,299 on twitter and 20,136, 573 on Instagram. Ronaldo is followed by 122,447,202 fans on Facebook alone. The biggest football brand has 71,554,975 and 123,235,626 fans hooked to his twitter and Instagram accounts respectively.
Sachin still enjoys a better fan following on twitter (28,087,345) than any other cricketer, with 28,794,589 and 9,543,080 fans following him on Facebook and Instagram respectively.