As the most famous sport in India, cricket is played everywhere on the subcontinent. The Indian national cricket team has won the Cricket World Cup numerous times and has in its rosters a bunch of talented and famous athletes. Let’s look at the top 20 most famous cricket player in India as of 2020. This list is based on their social media followings on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook platforms.
20. Kapil Dev
Total Social Media count: 3,96,679
Breakdown: Twitter 353K, Instagram 20K Facebook 23K
This great veteran athlete took the world by storm when he captained the Indian national cricket team at their first win in 1983. He later served as the team’s coach from 1999 to 2000. Dev still holds the record for the greatest number of wickets taken when he retired as a professional athlete in 1994.
19. Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri
Total Social Media count: 12,69,000
Breakdown: Twitter 584K, Instagram 646K, Facebook 39K
As the head coach of the Indian national cricket team, it’s no wonder that Ravi Shastri has hundreds of thousands of followers in the world. Aside from his duties, he is also known as a cricket commentator, a former player, and a TV personality.
18. Rahul Dravid
Total Social Media count: 12,92,000
Breakdown: Twitter 61K, Instagram 22K, Facebook 1.2M
Another former national captain on our list, Dravid became famous for his great batsmen skills and is often regarded as the best batsmen in the history of cricket. Today, Dravid serves as a batting consultant for the Indian national team and as a head coach for the Under 19 category.
17. S Sreesanth
Total Social Media count: 22,08,069
Breakdown: Twitter 951K, Instagram 393K, Facebook 864K
Sreesanth served as a pacer when he played for Kerala and for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. After his athletics career, he switched to showbusiness and is still a popular TV personality.
16. Sourav Ganguly
Total Social Media count: 56,72,966
Breakdown: Twitter 1.01M, Instagram 3.18M, Facebook 1.5M
Also known as Dada (elder brother in Bengali), Ganguly also served as the Indian national team captain during his professional career. He now works as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and the Editorial Board.
15. Rishabh Pant
Total Social Media count: 57,08,402
Breakdown: Twitter 1.01M, Instagram 3.18M, Facebook 1.5M
Known today as India’s babysitter and the future of India’s cricket, Pant has gained massive respect at a young age. Pant is only 22 and already sporting over four million followers in social media—the future is indeed bright for this young man. He initially rose to fame when he scored 18-ball half-century at the 2016 U19 World Cup.
14. Anil Kumble
Total Social Media count: 62,20,020
Breakdown: Twitter 4.28M, Instagram 860K, Facebook 1.08M
During his long career of eighteen years, Kumble served as the team captain of Tests and ODIs. He even took 619 Test cricket and is still the third highest wicket taker of all time. His impressive athletic career includes a 1999 match where he dismissed every batsmen in a Test Match inning.
13. Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman
Total Social Media count: 75,38,400
Breakdown: Twitter 6.69M, Instagram 668K, Facebook 180K
With initials that is also known as “Very Very Special”, VVS Laxman is a famous Indian cricketer who now works as a cricket sport commentator. Laxman is Known by his contemporaries as an aggressive field player and as one who plays mostly in the lower middle order.
12. Zaheer Khan
Total Social Media count: 1,03,70,619
Breakdown: Twitter 5.59M, Instagram 1.1M, Facebook 3.28M
Khan is one of the athletes that are known to have played all forms of the sport for the Indian national team. After Kapil Dev, Khan is considered as the best Indian pace bowler in Test cricket. Khan is also known for his hostile seam and pace bowling.
11. Irfan Pathan
Total Social Media count: 1,14,45,806
Breakdown: Twitter 4.9M, Instagram 1.5M, Facebook 5M
Pathan is also known as an all-around player as he bowls in all forms. He played for Jammu and Kashmir in domestic cricket and was an integral member of the Indian squad in the 2007 ICC WorldTwenty20 where the team won.
10. Ravichandran Ashwin
Total Social Media count: 1,43,27,753
Breakdown: Twitter 9.74M, Instagram 2M, Facebook 2.58M
Ashwin played for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and was the head captain of the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. Still regarded as the fastest Indian bowler, his records beat everyone in the 50-, 100-, 150-, 250-, and 300-wicket mark in Test cricket.
9. Hardik Pandya
Total Social Media count: 1,73,24,603
Breakdown: Twitter 4.4M, Instagram 9.1M, Facebook 3.8M
Pandya is an international cricket athlete who plays both for the Baroda in domestic cricket and the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Known as a righ-handed batsman and bowls fast to medium, Pandya comes from a family of athletes including his elder brother Krunal Pandya.
8. Gautam Gambhir
Total Social Media count: 1,81,04,428
Breakdown: Twitter 10.1M, Instagram 1.1M, Facebook 6.9M
A left-handed international cricketer, Gambhir played for Delhi in domestic cricket sport and was the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. Under his captainship, the team won six ODIs in all six total matches.
7. Harbhajan Singh
Total Social Media count: 2,07,76,200
Breakdown: Twitter 10.3M, Instagram 3.8M, Facebook 6.68M
Singh, also known as Bhajji, is an international Indian cricketer with a knack for spin bowling. He holds the record in the cricket sport for the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, just a slightly lower score from Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
6. Yuvraj Singh
Total Social Media count: 2,78,18,650
Breakdown: Twitter 4.7M, Instagram 7.8M, Facebook 14.48M
Yuvraj Singh became famous when he was named as the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and as one of the top performing athletes in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 where the Indian national cricket team won both. In addition, he is known as the cricketer who scored six continuous sixes in a match against England in 2007.
5. Rohit Sharma
Total Social Media count: 3,72,89,949
Breakdown: Twitter 15.2M, Instagram 11.1M, Facebook 10.9M
The national vice-captain of team India, Rohit Sharma is widely known in the world through social media. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break howler. In the IPL, Sharma is the captain of the Mumbai Indians and has a record of 33 fours—the most in ODI inning.
4. Virender Sehwag
Total Social Media count: 3,93,33,070
Breakdown: Twitter 20.1M, Instagram 4.9M, Facebook 14.3M
Sehwag is a famous and veteran Indian opener and is widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time. With over 39 million followers in social media, he is one of the most followed athletes in the country. Sehwag holds the record for the highest score made by an Indian in a Test cricket, the fastest triple century in international cricket, and the fastest 250 by a batsman.
3. MS Dhoni
Total Social Media count: 4,61,29,339
Breakdown: Twitter 7.7M, Instagram 17.9M, Facebook 20.4M
Known for his nickname Mahi, Dhoni served as the Indian national team captain in limited over formats between 2007 and 2016 and in Test cricket between 2008 and 2014. A right-handed middle-order batsman, Mahi is also known as a great wicket keeper and for his helicopter shot. In the IPL, he served as the team captain of the Chennai Super Kings where he helped in the teams champion win last year.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Total Social Media count: 7,76,10,099
Breakdown: Twitter 30.9M, Instagram 18.4M, Facebook 28.3M
Known internationally as the “God of Cricket”, it is no wonder that Sachin Tendulkar has over 70 million social media followers. In over 22 years of his professional sport career, Tendulkar has a ton of world records on his belt including the highest number of centuries in both Tests with 51 and ODIs with 49, the most number of Test matches with 200, and the highest run scorer of the 1996 Cricket World Cup, among others.
1. Virat Kohli
Total Social Media count: 11,39,52,964
Breakdown: Twitter 32.2M, Instagram 44.6M, Facebook 37.1M
The only Indian athlete who has more than 100 million followers in social media, Virat Kohli is the current captain of the Indian national cricket team. Kohli is not without records either, he is regarded as the best batsman in the world, the fastest century by an Indian cricketer with 52 balls, fastest in reach, thousand runs in ODIs, fastest Indian and the third fastest cricketer to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs, among others.
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