Virat Kohli, a globally renowned cricketer, enjoys immense popularity worldwide, evident in his massive social media following, notably with 257 million followers on Instagram.
Following the India-Pakistan match on September 3rd, sand artists from Pakistan’s Balochistan paid tribute to Kohli by creating his sand art image.
On Sunday, fans of Virat Kohli in Balochistan expressed their admiration by creating a sand art depiction on a Gwadar beach in Balochistan. The video capturing this tribute is gaining widespread attention on social media.
Watch the stunning sand art of Virat Kohli here:
ویرات کولی ءِ اکس گْوادر ءِ تیاب ءَ
— Gwadar_e_Tawar (@gwadar_e_tawar) September 3, 2023
In the professional context, Kohli couldn’t perform effectively in the intense match. The right-handed batsman was dismissed after scoring only four runs from seven balls.
The 34-year-old got an inside edge onto the stumps off the bowling of left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi, who took four wickets in the game. India set a target of 267 runs for Pakistan, but the match was ultimately abandoned due to rain.
Despite having more than 500 runs in 13 ODIs against Pakistan, including two centuries and a highest score of 183*, Kohli’s recent performance in the match was a disappointment.
Virat Kohli ranks among the most widely admired and renowned cricketers globally
In his ODI career, Virat Kohli has played 285 matches, scoring 13,275 runs in 275 innings, with a highest score of 183. He has 47 centuries, 67 half-centuries, and has reached 30+ runs 39 times and 20+ runs 24 times.
Kohli has a strike rate of 93.6 and an average of 46.57 in 14,170 balls faced. However, Kohli is still behind Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430), Ricky Ponting (13,704), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), and Tendulkar (18,426) in the list of most ODI runs.
In his next match against Nepal in the Asia Cup, Kohli aims to perform well as India seeks a spot in the Super 4 and potentially secure their eighth Asia Cup title. If he scores a century, he will close in on Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in ODIs (49 centuries).