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MS Dhoni more popular than Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in India

first_imgMS Dhoni might have recently been booed at Lord’s, several experts might be concerned about his form with the bat in limited-overs cricket and his striking abilities might well be on the wane but the World Cup winning captain remains as popular as ever in India.In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people, Dhoni was the top-ranked sportsperson with an admiration score of 7.70 per cent.Overall, Dhoni was second in the list topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who got an admiration score of 11.90 per cent. Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar make up the top 10 of the most admired men in India.READ – Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awardsDhoni, Tendulkar (6.80 per cent) and Kohli (4.10 per cent) are the only three sports stars in the top-10. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017. His form with the bat has since taken a dip but he continues to be a cult figure in Indian cricket circles. The Ranchi-born superstar is still an ace wicketkeeper and his handling of India’s young bowling attack, especially the spinners, has made life much easier for Kohli in the shorter formats.READ – Kohli’s mission is to make India the best: Sourav GangulyEarier in the year, Dhoni retured as Chennai Super Kings captain and led the team to their third IPL triumph. Besides, he was in outstanding form, scoring 455 runs off 16 matches at a strike rate of 150.66.advertisementInterestingly, Tendulkar, almost five years after retiring from international cricket, continues to be more popular than Kohli, the world’s best batsman across formats.READ – Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting groundsKohli is in the form of his life. In South Africa this year, he smashed 871 runs across formats including a record-shattering 558 from six ODIs.With a fan base of 23.2 million followers on Instagram, brands have to shell out USD 120,000 for each of Kohli’s sponsored posts which is more than what the world’s highest-paid sportsperson, Floyd Mayweather, gets through his posts on the social media website.READ – Kohli above Floyd Mayweather, Stephen Curry on Instagram rich listMeanwhile, badminton star PV Sindhu, with an admiration score of (6.90 per cent) is ranked third in the list for most popular women in India.Kiran Bedi tops the list followed by singer Lata Mangeshkar at second.Deepika Padukone ranks fourth below Sindhu followed by Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Sushma Swaraj, Aishwarya Rai. Priyanka Chopra, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama.last_img read more