'Not true': Virat Kohli opens up on social media earnings after false media reports

They suggest that he made millions of rupees – ranging from Rs90 million to Rs150 million per post – through his social media accounts


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Photo: PTI
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Published: Sat 12 Aug 2023, 12:29 PM

Star India batter Virat Kohli on Saturday clarified that a report of his earnings from his official Instagram handle is “not true”.

With around 256 million followers, Kohli is one of India's and the world's popular sportspersons in terms of his online presence.

He often updates fans about his life and cricket through pictures/videos that show him sweating it out in the nets, inspiring many through the pictures and videos of his tough fitness regime.

This popularity makes him an extremely dependable face for various brands and Kohli is often involved in brand promotions/advertisements on his social media pages. The earnings through these promotional posts has always been a curiosity for his fans.

Recent media reports suggested that he had made millions of rupees – ranging from Rs90 million to Rs150 million per post through his social media accounts.

On Saturday, Kohli took to ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter) to post, “While I am grateful and indebted to all that I’ve received in life, the news that has been making rounds about my social media earnings is not true.”

With 8,676 runs in 111 Tests with 29 centuries and 29 fifties each, 12,898 runs in 275 ODIs with 46 centuries and 65 fifties and 4,008 runs in 115 T20Is with one century and 37 fifties, Kohli is one of the most successful batters of all time.

Currently sitting at 25,000 international runs and 76 centuries, fans keep a count of each run and century he scores, in anticipation of him breaking legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's record of 34,357 international runs and 100 centuries.

He will be seen in action during high-profile tournaments like Asia Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup later this year.

Asia Cup will start on August 30 and will be hosted jointly by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with the majority of matches in the island nation. ICC Cricket World Cup will be hosted by India from October 5.


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