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Dhoni Pips Tendulkar & Kohli to be Voted Most Popular Indian Sports Personality

ICC |July 27, 2018, 8:29 AM IST
Dhoni Pips Tendulkar & Kohli to be Voted Most Popular Indian Sports Personality

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has trumped Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar to be named the most "admired" sports figure in India. The survey was conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people.

And out of the various public figures in the final table, Dhoni was the top sportsperson with an "admiration score" of 7.7%. On the overall table he was only bettered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The legendary Sachin Tendulkar was next best with 6.8%, while Virat Kohli managed only 4.8%.

Dhoni is the most successful India Test captain of all time, winning 27 games and leading them to the No 1 spot in the ICC rankings in 2009 for the first time ever.

Still playing in the ODI and T20I sides as a keeper batsman, his public spotlight shines slightly brighter than the retired Tendulkar, perhaps explaining the rankings.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, is the current crown jewel of Indian cricket and his popularity will doubtless soar in the coming years; he has more Instagram followers than Tendulkar and Dhoni combined.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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