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Guransh Machra
Posted on 22 May, 2024
By Guransh Machra
On 22 May, 2024
By Guransh Machra
On 22 May, 2024

10 Most Popular Cricketers In The World

Cricket is the second most-watched sport in the world. It has an estimated fan base of around 2.5 Billion people around the world. A major reason for this is the popularity of the sport in the most populated country in the world, India. The craze for cricket in India is something else, and this also extends to the players who play the sport. This is why, among the top 10 most followed cricketers in the world, only one person is not an Indian. This article talks about the most popular cricketers in the world and how many followers they have on Instagram.

Who Are The Most Followed Cricketers On Instagram?

Player International Career Instagram Followers
Virat Kohli 2008 – Present 268 Million
Sachin Tendulkar 1989 – 2013 48.6 Million
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2004 – 2019 47.8 Million
Rohit Sharma 2007 – Present 38.3 Million
Hardik Pandya 2016 – Present 29.8 Million
Suresh Raina 2005 – 2018 27.3 Million
AB de Villiers 2004 – 2018 25.6 Million
KL Rahul 2014 – Present 20 Million
Yuvraj Singh 2000 – 2017 19.7 Million
Shikhar Dhawan 2010 – 2022 18.1 Million

1. Virat Kohli – 268 Million Followers

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Virat Kohli is perhaps the most famous cricketer ever to exist. He has become the global face of this sport. Kohli has gone way beyond national recognition and is followed by people worldwide. The sheer number of followers he has goes to show just how famous the Indian cricketer is. Kohli boasts a whopping 268 Million followers on Instagram. This makes him the third most followed athlete in the world. The only sportspersons with more followers than Virat Kohli on Instagram are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

2. Sachin Tendulkar – 48.6 Million Followers

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Sachin Tendulkar, known as the ‘God of Cricket’, recently overtook MS Dhoni to become the second most followed cricketer on Instagram. Tendulkar is one of if not the most adored cricketers in the world. The Master Blaster’s impact and influence on the game transcends statistics. Tendulkar now uses his fame and reach on social media platforms to help promote the sport at the grassroots level.

3. MS Dhoni – 47.8 Million Followers

Most Popular Cricketers In The World - MS Dhoni

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MS Dhoni is the third most followed cricketer in the world. His impact on Indian cricket has been immeasurable. The Indian cricketer led his nation to victory in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, changing the course of cricket in India forever. Fondly known as ‘Captain Cool’, the wicketkeeper is adored by many fans across India, especially by those who support the Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings.

4. Rohit Sharma – 38.3 Million Followers

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The current captain of the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma, ranks fourth on this list. Sharma is known for his unique style of batting and captaincy. The Indian opener bats very aggressively, taking charge and going after the bowlers. His captaincy, however, is a complete contrast to this. You will see him relaxed and smiling on the pitch, but do not let this fool you, as he will be ready to go for the kill when it matters.

5. Hardik Pandya – 29.8 Million Followers

Most Popular Cricketers In The World - Hardik Pandya

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Hardik Pandya made a name for himself while playing for the Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians. His explosive batting and charisma on the field caught the eye of the public, and he soon became a fan favourite. Since then, his career has progressed exponentially, and so has his fame. He now has more followers on social media than some legendary Indian cricketers like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.

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6. Suresh Raina – 27.3 Million Followers

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Suresh Raina is one of the most decorated Indian cricketers. He has had a stellar career, achieving success in both domestic tournaments like the Indian Premier League and international tournaments like the World Cup. He has won four IPL trophies, all of them coming while playing for the Chennai Super Kings. Raina also won the 2011 ICC World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy with his country. Suresh Raina is yet adored by Indian fans, which is why he has managed to accumulate 27.3 Million followers on Instagram.

7. AB de Villiers – 25.6 Million Followers

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AB de Villiers is the only cricketer on this list who is not an Indian. Given how popular the sport is in India, this is an achievement in itself and is a testament to how much the South African is adored by Indian fans. ‘Mr. 360’ is loved by fans for being an extraordinary cricketer as well as being a genuine human being. His batting prowess made everyone a fan of his game, and his behaviour off the field made everyone a fan of him. He spent over a decade playing for IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, hitting effortless yet beautiful shots all around the ground. This is why he has managed to make his way on this list.

8. KL Rahul – 20 Million Followers

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KL Rahul gained fame through his beautiful batting performances. The Indian wicketkeeper stunned crowds ever since he made his IPL debut in 2013. He has captained Kings XI Punjab (rebranded as Punjab Kings) in the past and now captains Lucknow Super Giants. While he gets his fair share of criticism, he is adored by many more all across India. Rahul has maintained a dignified and respectful image both on and off the pitch. He also shares glimpses from his personal life on his social media. These factors, combined with his cricket stardom, are the reason why he has 20 Million followers on Instagram.

9. Yuvraj Singh – 19.7 Million Followers

Most Popular Cricketers In The World - Yuvraj Singh

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Yuvraj Singh is one of the most famous Indian cricketers ever. He has stories on and off the field which are more than worth telling. He was a very explosive batsman, going after each and every bowler. One of his biggest individual achievements is hitting 36 runs to Stuart Broad. He hit six sixes to Broad, completely demolishing him. His story off the field is another good one. Yuvraj Singh battled and beat cancer. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2011. He fought through it and made a full recovery by March 2012. All these reasons are why Yuvraj Singh is so loved by Indian fans and why he has nearly 20 Million followers on Instagram.

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10. Shikhar Dhawan – 18.1 Million Followers

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Shikhar Dhawan is a legend of Indian cricket, not only because of his outstanding cricketing skills but also because of how friendly and enthusiastic he is. Everyone loves playing with him, and this resonates with the fans. Dhawan also posts a lot of engaging content on his Instagram account. Apart from his personal life, he also posts about his interactions with other cricketers and other funny content, such as skits and dances. This is why he has managed to accumulate so many followers on Instagram.

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