Sports in India is getting popular. Cricket is the most popular sport in India but other sports like football have become famous in recent years. Both ISL and European leagues have become more popular. Sports like Tennis, NBA have also started gaining the interest of Indians.
In the year 2019
1. M S Dhoni:
Though he is well past his prime, his popularity has seen no decline. The former Indian captain still has an enormous fan base. He has kept his followers engaged with his social media presence and other off-field activities. Moreover, his status as the world-cup winning captain ensures that he is among the cricketing elite.
2. Virat Kohli:
This was obvious. Virat Kohli undoubtedly tops the list. With his tremendous batting record which is complemented by the commercialization of his image, Virat Kohli has managed to establish a firm fan following in the country and abroad. Moreover, he also boasts majority ownership of FC Goa, he has created a frenzy among the football fans of India as well.
You might be surprised to find him in 3rd place. But the enormous popularity of cricket means that football gets a lower priority. But his popularity is seeing a huge growth due to the increasing interest in football amongst the younger generation. He might be 32, but this ‘Alien’ is showing no signs of slowing down and has already scored 600 career goals.
Indian Football received a major boost in the past five years thanks to ISL and the U-17 world cup. The Indian National Team qualified for the 2019 Asian cup which created a huge buzz among the Indian football fans. And India achieved all this thanks to our hardworking and skilled captain. Chetthri has been in fine form for both India and Bengaluru FC. He has the second most number of goals for the country (Active Players)only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
The tennis queen of India surely deserves to be on this list. Having won several grand slams both in mixed doubles and women’s doubles, she has cemented her position as an elite tennis player. Her popularity saw a huge increase when she came back after a maternity break to win Hobart International cup.