Cricket is undeniably the most popular sport in India. In fact, the whole nation seems to love it so much that even the government outpours its support to the Indian National Cricket Team. The team had been a source of pride and joy to the nation to the point that the faces of national cricketers can be seen almost everywhere in India.
People also tend to visit news sites with the likes of SportsAdda to be updated with the latest happenings on India’s favorite teams and players. With the majority of the kids aspiring to be cricket players, it is not shocking that many Indian advertisements feature famous cricketers.
In no particular order, let us take a look at India’s top five most famous and popular Indian cricketers.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
There is no one in India who doesn’t know about Sachin Tendulkar. Dubbed as the ‘God of Cricket’, it is undeniable how much impact he had made. Having started his career at 16 years old, Tendulkar continued to play for more than two decades. He is the first batsman to ever score a double century. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, he was the first sportsperson that had been given a Bharat Ratna award. This is just one of the countless awards that he had received throughout his career. Tendulkar retired in 2013.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni captained the India National Cricket Team in limited-overs format from 2007 up until 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is considered to be the captain of the most successful Indian team. It was under his captaincy that India had won all the 3 trophies (World Cup, World T20, and Champions Trophy).
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is currently the captain of the Indian National Team. Holding the world record of being the fastest batsman to ever have 10,000 to 11,000 runs in ODI cricket, he is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the world. He is also considered as the most successful Indian captain. Aside from being the captain of the Indian National Cricket Team, Virat Kohli also leads his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
4. Sourav Ganguly
‘Dada’ which means older brother in Bengali, is how the cricket fans call him. He is also considered to be one of the most successful captains in the history of cricket. During his captaincy, India won 21 out of 49 Test matches. Best known for his long sixes, Sourav Ganguly was awarded the Padma Shri award for his outstanding contribution to cricket.
5. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is a well-known left-handed batsman. He also excels with his spin bowling. He is the first all-rounder to score 300 plus runs and take down 15 wickets in a single World Cup. In fact, he was even hailed as the Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup back in 2011. Yuvraj is the son of Yograj Singh who used to be an Indian fast bowler and a Punjabi movie star.
These are just a few of the popular cricketers in India. There are a lot of remarkable cricketers out there and the long list of popular players just goes on and on. Overall, Indian cricketers are much-loved by their fans in their individual ways.