Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has been ruling social media for such a long time that even Instagram had to acknowledge his massive following. The photo-sharing mobile application announced its first-ever awards in India and no surprise that Virat was at the top of their list.
With over 19.8 million followers, Virat bagged the Instagram award for “most engaged account” as of March 2018. His post generated the biggest number of engagements, likes and comments through the posts which he shared over the last one year.
In December last year, Virat tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma which created a strong hype on different platforms. The moment the Indian skipper shared snapshots from his wedding, they flooded over social media. As per several reports, one of the posts he shared was liked over 45 lakh times which helped him win the award.
Here’s the post:
Though he has fewer followers on Instagram than several other celebrities, he rules the roost in terms of likes and comments on his posts.
Apart from Virat Kohli, it was Padmaavat star Deepika Padukone who won the ‘most followed account’ prize with 22.4 million followers. She is ahead Bollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra (22 million followers).
Actresses Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor were presented with a milestone plaque in recognition for building a community of 20 million followers. Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother Ishaan Khattar got the award for India’s “emerging account” for his fan base which grew significantly throughout 2017.