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Virat Kohli Back to Tweeting Thanks to Harbhajan Singh

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 5, 2017, 1:01 PM IST
Virat Kohli Back to Tweeting Thanks to Harbhajan Singh

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New Delhi: After a long hiatus, India skipper Virat Kohli is back on social media. Known to update fans and followers regularly with posts on Twitter and Instagram, Kohli had stopped using the social media apps before taking to Twitter on Tuesday to wish former India teammate Harbhajan Singh on his birthday. It was Kohli’s first post on Twitter since last posting a photo with teammates enroute to Birmingham from London on June 14. He had posted the same photo on Instagram as well on the same day. But since then, he has steered clear of using both the social media sites.

Kohli took to Twitter again on Tuesday and wrote: “Wish you a very Happy B'day Bhajju Paa.. Babaji mehar karan @harbhajan_singh. 😊”

Kohli had earlier admitted on the eve of the high-profile Champions Trophy final against bitter rivals Pakistan that he would be going off social media leading into the match. Kohli, one of the superstars of world cricket, commands almost 16.2 million followers on Twitter and 14.4 million on Instagram.

Going into the final, Kohli had spoken about the potential pitfalls of social media when India tackle Pakistan in cricket. "The biggest thing is to stay off social media," Kohli had said at the Oval on the eve of the big game.

"If you're too distracted listening to too many suggestions or players or criticism, then you can't focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team as well. The more relaxed you stay in these situations it's a good thing, because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally."

Kohli's own performances in the Champions Trophy saw him return to the top of the ODI batting rankings. During the tournament, Kohli also become the fastest man to score 8,000 ODI runs, reaching the landmark in 175 innings — seven fewer than South Africa star AB de Villiers's 182. Kohli already has 27 ODI centuries to his name, with a career strike-rate in excess of 91, and such has been the passionate drive with which he has led India that his fortunes and those of the team as a whole now seem indivisible.
First Published: July 5, 2017, 1:01 PM IST

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