Dhoni pips Virat Kohli in most admired man list in India; Mary Kom most admired woman
New Delhi, September 26: Virat Kohli is India captain in all three formats of the game a brand by himself. But is he the most admired man in India? The survey by YouGov brought out some stunning results and it revealed that former India captain MS Dhoni is way ahead of Kohli and Prime Minister Narendra Modi occupies the totem pole slot.
So, what's Kohli's position? Check out this list.
1. MS Dhoni
Among sportsmen, MS Dhoni is the most admired in India with a score of 8.58 per cent and is only behind PM Modi who gathered a score of 15.66 per cent. Dhoni has retired from Test cricket in 2015 and is currently not part of any India side in the limited over versions too. The Jharkhand man is taking a break until November from top flight cricket amidst rumours about his retirement.
2. Virat Kohli
Kohli is arguably the best batsman across all formats averaging over 50 in Test, ODI and T20I versions. He has 43 ODI hundreds and 23 Test hundreds to boot with. He has not yet made a T20I hundred. But in the scale of admiration he stood at 7th with a score of 4.46 per cent. Sachin Tendulkar is 6th in the survey with 5.81 per cent votes.
3. Who are ahead of Kohli
Apart from Tendulkar, businessman Ratan Tata (8.02%), former US President Barack Obama (7.36%), Bill Gates (6.96%) are ahead of Kohli in the admiration index. Among footballers, Portugal and Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is the most admired in India with 2.95 per cent votes followed by Argentina and Barcelona player Lionel Messi who bagged 2.32 per cent votes. Messi had recently pipped Ronaldo to win the FIFA Best Player award.
4. Mary Kom most admired woman
Boxer MC Mary Kom, a winner of multiple world titles, is the most admired woman in India and has gained 10.36 per cent votes and she is the only woman sports personality to make the list as PV Sindhu, Hima Das, Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza failed to make the cut.