India men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli became the first Indian to cross 100 million followers on Instagram on Monday. He is now the fourth-most followed sportsperson on the platform.
The 32-year-old is also the first cricketer in the world to reach the landmark.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Twitter to welcome Kohli into the ‘100 million club’.
“Virat Kohli - the first cricket star to hit 100 million followers on Instagram,” ICC wrote along with a picture of Kohli “entering” the an elite club that also features Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, PSG forward Neymar, Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson, singers Beyonce and Ariana Grande.
After Kohli, actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas is the most followed Indian on Instagram with over 60 million followers. Kohli had earlier become the first Asian to reach 75 million followers on Instagram.
Ronaldo is the most followed individual on Instagram with over 266 million followers, followed by Grande who has 224 million followers. Johnson, who is also a former WWE star, has 220 million followers.
Kohli is currently leading the national cricket team as they prepare for the final Test of the four-match series against England in Ahmedabad starting on Thursday. India defeated England in the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera by 10 wickets within two days to take a 2-1 lead.
Kohli also became the most successful Indian captain on home soil, overtaking his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India need to at least win or draw the last match against England to qualify for the World Test Championship final.