Virat Kohli may have missed out on a hundred against Australia in the first ODI in Perth by only nine runs but the stylish batsman has nine million reasons to smile.(Kohli Crowned Indian Cricketer of the Year)
The stylish Delhi batsman, India's Test captain, now has nine million followers on Twitter and is catching up quickly with Sachin Tendulkar on popularity on the social networking site.
While retired Tendulkar has 9.15 million followers on Twitter, Kohli has got 9.05 million and is way ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who's got 4.84 million followers.('Kohli Impressive as Skipper, Needs to Improve Batting')
Kohli took to Twitter to thank his fans for his growing popularity.
"Thank You everyone for 9 million times the love and support on #Twitter#Grateful #PositiveVibes," tweeted Kohli.
Under Dhoni, Kohli began his Australian tour on a positive note as he slammed 91 during the first ODI at Perth. Kohli recently bagged the Polly Umrigar Trophy for becoming Indian Cricketer of the Year.