Social media is the need of the hour in this modern world, and cricketers being such influencers to millions around the world have made a huge impact as well. Many look up to them and are influenced by their actions. Nowadays, the popularity of a cricketer is known by the followers he/she has on social media. In this article, we look at the 5 cricketers with the most number of followers on Instagram.
#5 Hardik Pandya (19+ million)
A very popular figure among the youth these days is Hardik Pandya. While he influences many because of his cricketing skills, he has also gained a popular spot because of his fashion sense and his groove. The all-rounder is frequently seen in television commercials, which largely reflects on the followers he has on Instagram.
Hardik recently married the Serbian actor Natasa Stankovic, which has helped him gain his fan following on social media as well. While he has not been up to the mark recently when it comes to cricket, Hardik will be looking to regain his form going into the T20 World Cup.
#4 Rohit Sharma (20+ million)
One of the most prominent members of the Indian Cricket team is Rohit Sharma, as he ranks 4th in this list. Rohit has been vital for the team in all three formats of the game, as he has consistently scored runs at the highest level. The 34-year-old is also the most successful captain in the IPL as he has led his franchise Mumbai Indians to 4 titles.
Popularly known as the ‘Hitman’ Rohit is a very popular figure among the audience as well. He has been pretty active on social media, which has now gained him over 20 million followers on the platform.
#3 Sachin Tendulkar (31+ million)
The one and only, Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the best ever to grace the beautiful game. The master blaster makes his way into the list as the only non-playing cricketer, but his longevity and his impact on Indian cricket are appreciated by the younger generation as well.
A legend of the game through and through, Tendulkar has been the reason many cricketers play right now. After retiring from the sport, Sachin is often seen in ads and the brand ambassador of many well-known brands.
#2 MS Dhoni (35+ million)
A player who is responsible for India’s success in ICC tournaments in recent years is none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He captained India to three major titles, the unforgettable World Cup in 2011, the marvellous 2007 T20 World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Dhoni is someone who has been loved by everyone and has huge popularity. He currently has over a 35million followers on Instagram, and they will increase as he still represents CSK in IPL. Chennai fans fondly call him ‘Thala’ and rate him as one of the best to ever play.
#1 Virat Kohli (159+ million)
Without a doubt, the most famous player in cricket and one of the most popular figures in the sports world right now is Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. He boasts a massive fan following on all platforms, as he has attracted followers from all over the world, putting India on the world map. Not only cricketers or fans, but even footballers like Thomas Müller and Harry Kane have taken inspiration from Virat’s lifestyle.
He is one of the best batsmen of this generation, he is the only cricketer in the world to have an average of over 50 in all three formats. Marrying Anushka Sharma elevated his social media following even more, as he now sits on the top of this list of 5 cricketers with the most number of followers on Instagram.