Kohli's post for Dhoni becomes most liked and RTed tweet for sports in 2021 Photograph:( AFP )
Virat Kohli's heartfelt post for MS Dhoni, during IPL 2021, has become the most liked and retweeted tweet for sports in the calendar year.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni's bromance is well known in the cricketing fraternity. While Dhoni is much senior to Kohli, the latter thrived under his leadership and became a household name in the country post the retirements of stalwarts such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, etc.
On the other hand, Dhoni continued to serve Indian cricket for over two years under his successor Kohli and helped the 33-year-old become a better captain. Hence, the two share a great camaraderie both on and off the field. A fine example of their healthy relationship was on display when Kohli lavished praise on Dhoni after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper's 6-ball 18* led the Yellow Army to a thrilling 4-wicket win over Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021.
Dhoni, who came out to bat in the penultimate over with CSK needing 24 off 11 balls, had a string of poor outings prior to DC versus CSK Qualifier 1 clash, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. However, he turned it around when it mattered the most to take Chennai to their ninth IPL final and, thus, silenced his critics in style.
Following his knock, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Kohli couldn't keep calm and praised Dhoni.
"Anddddd the king is back the greatest finisher ever in the game. Made me jump Outta my seat once again tonight. @msdhoni," Kohli had tweeted on October 10.
Anddddd the king is back the greatest finisher ever in the game. Made me jump Outta my seat once again tonight.@msdhoni— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 10, 2021
Thus, Kohli's heartfelt post for Dhoni has become the most liked and retweeted tweet for sports in 2021. The methodology used by Twitter was based on the total number of retweets/likes by Twitter accounts in India spanning between January 1 to November 15. So far, his post for Dhoni has garnered over 92k retweets and above 5.5k likes.
Talking about IPL 14, Dhoni-led CSK beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the finale to win their fourth IPL title. Before IPL 2022, a mega auction is set to be held early next year as the upcoming season will also see two new teams take part in the cash-rich league.