Renowned Italian woman footballer Agata Isabella Centasso has expressed her admiration for former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, naming him as her favorite Indian cricketer. The revelation came on X, where Centasso, known for her skills on the football field, responded to a user’s inquiry about her preferred Indian cricketer by sharing a picture of Kohli.
— Agata Isabella Centasso (@AgataCentasso) December 1, 2023
Notably, Centasso had previously showcased her support for Indian cricket by donning the Indian cricket team jersey. This gesture followed Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni’s selfie with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on X. Centasso, inspired by the exchange, urged the Italian PM to acquire an Indian jersey.
That’s right 😉
I got his jersey too. It’s not authentic but it’s very nice! pic.twitter.com/iE0KdjZk6V
— Agata Isabella Centasso (@AgataCentasso) December 2, 2023
Virat Kohli’s Global Popularity
Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, stands as one of the most revered cricketers globally, boasting over 260 million followers on Instagram. This significant following positions him as the third most followed sportsperson worldwide, trailing only football icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Kohli’s ODI World Cup Performance
Kohli, currently on a break post the 2023 ODI World Cup, delivered a stellar performance in the tournament, amassing 765 runs in 11 matches, securing three centuries. This outstanding display earned him the Player of the Series award, although India ultimately faced defeat against Australia in the final by six wickets.
Brian Lara Applauds Kohli’s Dedication
Even cricket legend Brian Lara couldn’t help but be impressed by Virat Kohli’s commitment to the sport. Speaking at the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture in Kolkata, Lara expressed his desire for his son to learn from Kohli’s dedication, citing it as a valuable trait for aspiring athletes. Lara commended Kohli for not only impacting the game but also revolutionizing cricket with his approach and preparation.