Former Indian captain MS Dhoni pipped Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli to become the second-most-loved Indian personality in the YouGov.com. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tops the elusive list. It is heartwarming to see the most successful Indian captain as the second most loved personality. Dhoni’s humble, down-to-earth nature adds to his sex appeal.
Last week, the Ranchi Rambo was seen at Congress minister Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna’s wedding in Mumbai. During the wedding, he took a loo-break and was snapped up by shutterbugs and soon enough, the video went viral. In the past, MS Dhoni has also been seen with the ground staff, who often do not get the recognition for preparing good playing conditions.
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Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 while he stepped down as the captain of India’s limited-overs team in 2017.
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar finds himself sixth in the list whereas Virat is at the eight spot. Also, Kohli received the ‘Player of the Year’ Trophies from Barmy Army.
“They always support their team very passionately and I am sure it will be a challenge when we go to England. But to have received such an honour from them makes me feel proud of playing for my nation. I want to thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart and look forward to catching up with all of you when we come to England next year. Hopefully, we can have some interaction of the field also, cheers thank you,” Kohli said in the video.
Footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are other sportspersons in the list of most admired sports personalities in India. The former bagged 2.60 % votes while the latter received a total of 2.00% votes. David Beckham, with 1.60 vote per cent, is also in the list of most admirable personalities in India.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has returned to India after the limited-overs series against England. Indian captain Virat Kohli is still there and is currently leading the team in a three-day practice game against Essex, before taking on England for a five-Test series, starting August 1 at Edgbaston.