MS Dhoni selected as most admired sports personality India – Ex-Indian captain MS Dhoni was declared as the most admired sports personality in India by YouGov, a UK based company. With results collected from a database of more than 4 million people, the organisation announced the results for the most admired people in the country on Thursday. With a total score of 7.7, wicket-keeper and batsman MS Dhoni pipped the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and current Indian team captain Virat Kohli. The news that MS Dhoni is most admired sports personality India comes in just days after Dhoni became the highest paying tax-payer in Bihar and Jharkhand, proving that the player is as successful and loved as ever. He also recorded 10,000 runs in ODIs in the recently concluded test series as well.
MS Dhoni became the second most admired Indian behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi who garnered a massive 11.9% admiration score. Sachin Tendulkar followed Dhoni to become the next most loved and popular sports personality in the country to come in at sixth. Kohli was ranked as the 8th most admired sports personality in the country with 4.8% of the votes to complete the three sportspersons in the top 10. Kohli also comes in 17th in HopperHq’s list of celebrities who charge the most per Instagram post. With a whopping $1, 20,000 per post, Kohli is also the highest paid Indian.
The growth of football in the country was highlighted in the rankings published. Footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made the list of most admired sports personalities in India with the former bagging 2.60 % votes while the latter received a total of 2.00% votes. Long retired English footballer David Beckham, with 1.60% votes also made the cut. The inclusion of three foreign players in the list from the footballing world show that Indians have fallen in love with the beautiful game and compose of a major part of the fan base that follows the game arduously.
Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar completed the top 10 of the most admired men in India.