Indian cricketing legend MS Dhoni has crossed the milestone of 40 million followers on social media site Instagram.
Former India captain and captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) entered the 40m club on Friday. In doing so, he became the second cricketer to reach 40 million followers on Instagram.
Besides Dhoni, there are other cricketers who have a large fan base on the social media app.
Here are the top 10 most followed cricketers on Instagram in 2022.
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, one of the greatest cricketers of the current generation and with a global fan base, has 224 million followers. Besides being the best at what he does, Kohli also promotes his brand on social media and is considered one of the best in the sport.
MS Dhoni, India’s inspirational leader for many years, is second on this list. He is way behind Virat Kohli, but 40 million followers is impressive in every way.
He retired from international cricket in 2020, but will continue to play in the IPL until 2023. Dhoni’s following of Chennai Super Kings followers has contributed to his popularity.
Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from cricket but he still has a thriving Instagram account. That’s no surprise given his stellar career, which has spanned 200 test matches and 100 international centuries in all forms.
The only real surprise here is that Sachin’s 37.1 million followers aren’t significantly higher.
The new Indian skipper will have to work hard to catch up with his predecessor, Virat Kohli. Regardless of the disparity, Rohit Sharma’s Instagram following of 25.8 million people is still amazing.
However, he is at the end of his career and time is running out for him to catch those at the top.
In his six-year international career, the flashy all-rounder has already surpassed some of the game’s most seasoned players, such as AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, David Warner and others, to rank among the top five.
Hardik’s Instagram profile features various family posts, workout photos and videos, recommendations, and other content that garners a lot of attention. As a result, he has over 24.2 million Instagram followers.
Suresh Raina was an essential player in MS Dhoni’s team at CSK for many years. Although his colleagues may have had a bigger profile, Raina quietly went about his work.
The southpaw was a great points scorer and one of the best fielders in the IPL. He may be on his way out, but his 21.8 million Instagram followers are testament to his popularity.
AB de Villiers
Although AB De Villiers is the only foreign player on this list, he is known in India as a vital player for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
He is known all over the world, but his performances for RCB have undoubtedly contributed to his 19.7 million followers on Instagram.
Yuvraj Singh was an important all-rounder for India for many years. He rose to prominence after hitting Stuart Broad six sixes in an over during a T20 international in 2007.
Yuvi can be a controversial figure at times, but in the world of social media, that’s not always a bad thing. No doubt it would have helped grow his Instagram followers to an astounding 15.7 million.
KL Rahul, the current vice-captain of the Indian men’s cricket team, is considered a style idol by many on social media. He regularly gives his Instagram fans streetwear looks, including bucket hats, oversized T-shirts, outrageous styles with logos and the love-to-hate socks and sliders combo.
At the time of writing, he had 13.4 million Instagram followers, but he’s just another athlete with time on his side.
Shikhar Dhawan is still a viable option in limited overs cricket. His career as an Indian international is drawing to a close, but he will most likely continue to play in the IPL for many years to come.
A powerful and stylish opening hitter, Dhawan has a fan base outside of India, which has contributed to his 12.7 million Instagram followers.
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