A pic of a man riding a bike while wearing Pakistan cricket team jersey with ‘Virat’ & jersey number 18 printed on the back in Lahore has gone viral. “I believe there are more Virat Kohli fans in Pakistan than any other Pakistani batsman from current lot,” a fan tweeted. “Cricket has no boundaries unlike politics,” wrote another.
A week back or so, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan said at an event in London that India captain Virat Kohli is a player who has a following in Pakistan as well. He even went to the extent of saying that aspiring cricketers in Pakistan want to be like Kohli both in terms of batting skills & fitness. Younis’ words about Kohli’s popularity soon turned out to be true.
Recently, a photo went viral from Pakistan that showed a man riding a two-wheeler on the streets of Lahore with the name “Virat” & jersey no. “18” printed on the back of his shirt. The Indian captain’s jersey too bears the name “Virat” & is known by the jersey No.18. It clearly showed the man’s popularity in places.
Kohli had a terrific outing both as the captain & batsman of India at The Oval on Sunday against the Australians. Playing their second game of the ICC World Cup 2019, Kohli won the toss & elected to bat. And then after the opening duo of Rohit Sharma  & Shikhar Dhawan  laid the foundation, he excelled with a 77-ball 82.
[T]he ace batsman, who scored his 50th fifty in ODIs, was in such fluent form that even his 42nd ODI hundred seemed possible at one stage even though he came out to bat at No. 3. Besides, his gesture of backing Australia’s Steve Smith when the latter was being booed by the Indian crowd on the ground also won him many admirers. Former Pakistan players Kamran Akmal & Salman Butt congratulated him for his act.
However, Kohli’s Pakistani fans will find themselves in a Sania Mirza-like situation when their national team will take on India in the World Cup on June 16th. India hasn’t ever lost a match in the World Cup against the arch-rivals & if Sarfaraz Ahmed’s boys have to script a historic first this year, they will have to do it at the expense of Kohli’s happiness. For Kohli’s die-hard fans in Pakistan, that would be a difficult situation to handle.