New Zealand batting great Ross Taylor has expressed his belief in the enormous influence of Virat Kohli, likening it to the impact of football icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Kohli's significance in the realm of cricket and social media has grown considerably over the years. Taylor emphasized Kohli's status as a 'global superstar' and likened his presence on social media to that of Ronaldo and Messi, highlighting the unexpected prominence of athletes endorsing products on platforms like Instagram.

Ronaldo, with 630 million Instagram followers, leads the platform, closely followed by Messi with 503 million. Kohli, positioned at 16th with 269 million followers, is on the brink of breaking into the top 10. His social media following places him third among athletes, after Ronaldo and Messi. While excelling in the digital sphere, Kohli continues to make a significant impact in cricket, recently securing the Orange Cap in the Indian Premier League's 17th edition with an impressive 741 runs in 15 matches.

Looking ahead, Kohli is set to represent India in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and the West Indies, commencing the campaign against Ireland on June 5 in New York.