Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli thanked his fans on Saturday after Instagram bestowed him with the Most Engaged Account award in 2017. The 29-year-old Delhi batsman credited his 20 million followers on Instagram for his success in the international cricket.
Kohli shared a picture of himself posing with the Instagram award, saying: "A bit late but I'd like to thank @Instagram for this award for the Most Engaged Account on Instagram of 2017 in India. A big thank you to all my fans for all the love and support I've always been bestowed upon. It's because of you guys, I've always been motivated to do the right things and achieve whatever I've been able to till date. And ohh yes, 20 Mil strong on Instagram!"
Currently, the Indian captain is preparing for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting April 7. Under the captaincy of Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first match of the season at Eden Gardens on April 8.
Kohli, the IPL player-of-the-series in 2016, has been one of the most consistent performers for the Bengaluru-based franchise. He accumulated 973 runs in 16 matches of the 2016 edition, leading them to the final of the cash-rich league, though they lost the title to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Having played 149 IPL matches so far in IPL, Kohli has scored 4,418 runs with four centuries and 30 half-centuries. His league-best knock of 113 runs came in a match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in 2016.