MS Dhoni might have come under fire for his pedestrian batting displays during the recently concluded limited overs series against England, but the former Indian cricket team skipper remains a popular figure in India.
Dhoni received more votes than current India skipper Virat Kohli and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in a survey conducted by YouGov to determine the most popular people in the world.
In the ‘India’ section of the study, Dhoni was the most voted for sportsperson with an “admiration score” of 7.7% and is also the second-most voted for person on the list, behind only India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The next most voted for sportsperson on the list was Sachin Tendulkar with 6.8%, while Virat Kohli was next with a vote percentage of 4.8.
MS Dhoni, who has won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011, recently added another notable achievement to his already envious list of accomplishments.
He became fourth Indian and 12th person in ODI history to score 10,000 runs. The milestone was achieved during second ODI against England at Lord’s.
Virat Kohli will lead the Indian cricket team in a five-match Test series against England, which is India’s first tour of the country since 2014. The first Test begins on August 1 at Edgbaston.