MS Dhoni ranks just next to Narendra Modi: Here's how
While it still might be a debatable topic, but it seems like former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has gone past the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli as the most popular cricketer among the fans.
Meanwhile, there are also reports that Dhoni is one of the most admired people in India, just next to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Here's more on this.
Dhoni most admired Indian after PM Modi
According to a survey conducted by YouGov, the data reveals that while Modi leads the list among the most admired men of India in 2019, Dhoni is right next to him on the second spot.
While the admiration rating of Modi is 15.66%, Dhoni has a rating of 8.58%.
Meanwhile, ace boxer MC Mary Kom (10.36%) is among the most admired women in India.
Tendulkar second-most admired sportsman after Dhoni
While Dhoni leads the chart among the most admired sportsmen in the country, he has left behind Tendulkar, who is next to him with an admiration rating of 5.81%.
Kohli is next to Tendulkar, with a rating of 4.46%, while Mary Kom is the only sportswoman in the list.
Dhoni's records as Indian skipper
Following are some of the records held by Dhoni as Indian skipper:
Only skipper to win all three ICC tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20).
Has led a team in most Tests as a wicket-keeper.
Has registered the most Test wins as Indian captain.
Has played the most matches as captain across formats.
First skipper to lead India in 200 ODIs.
Dhoni's interests outside cricket
Following are the interest of Dhoni outside cricket:
Co-owner of Hockey India League (HIL) franchise Ranchi Rays.
Co-owner of Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Chennaiyin FC.
Co-owns Mahi Racing Team India in the Supersport World Championship.
Brand ambassador of lifestyle brand SEVEN.
Holds the rank of honorary lieutenant-colonel with the Indian Territorial Army.
Has his own entertainment business, Dhoni Entertainment.
Dhoni yet to play for India following World Cup ouster
For now, Dhoni is on a sabbatical from the sport following the conclusion of India's ICC World Cup 2019 campaign.
Dhoni has missed India's limited-overs campaign against Windies and South Africa so far, while he is also set to miss it against Bangladesh in November, having extended his break until the month.
He is likely to play the T20Is against the Windies in December.