MS Dhoni has a strong fan following in India, which is familiar to all. Though the former India captain is not playing now, he is always in the news even in absence. However, he faced a lot of criticism for his “lack of intent” during the ICC World Cup 2019. In spite of this, he remains the favourite in the same way to his fans. It was recently seen when Virat Kohli posted a picture with him that created speculation of Dhoni’s retirement.
However, the proof of his wide fan following was presented in a survey that showed that MS Dhoni is the second most popular person in Indians. The former captain is only behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the list.
According to YouGov’s latest annual survey which was conducted on over 42,000 people around the globe, MS Dhoni has the second-highest popularity score in India. Dhoni, who placed at the second in the list (men) in India, holds a better position than Ratan Tata (8.02%), Barack Obama (7.36%) and Bill Gates (6.96%) and Amitabh Bachchan (6.55%).
On the other hand, former India player and batting maestro legend Sachin Tendulkar is the second most admired sportsperson in the nation after MS Dhoni. India captain Virat Kohli is the third most admired sportsperson in India.
In the overall list, Bill Gates topped the chart in the male category whereas Michelle Obama placed at the top of the chart among women. As far as India’s chart is concerned, Narendra Modi and six-time boxing world champion Mary Kom lead the category of men and women respectively.
The current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi and the veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar are in the second and third place respectively in the chart after Mary Kom. Apart from them, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, and Salman Khan are also in the chart of the top 20 most admired men in the world.