In the social media age, cricketers are celebrities in their own right. Virat Kohli, the team’s captain, recently rated among the highest-paid Instagram users.
With a staggering 216 million followers on the photo-sharing app, Kohli also leads the cricketers who are most followed in that category. It’s interesting to note that the top five cricketers in the world in terms of popularity are all Indians, which is not surprising given how popular the sport is in that country.
Here are the top 5 cricketers in the world by followers:
1. Virat Kohli
Over 49 million people follow Kohli on Facebook, and he recently became the first cricketer to have 50 million Twitter followers. He thus has a staggering 310 million social media followers overall.
There is a good reason why Kohli has gained the title of “king Kohli.” Despite his recent slump in performance, King Kohli still holds sway over the hearts of Indian cricket fans and is recognised as one of the all-time greats. The only other batter who is still playing right now who is as technically sound as Kohli.
With 216 million Instagram followers, Virat Kohli has the largest fan base of any cricket player. Hopperhq claims that Kohli charges $10,88,000 for each Instagram post.
2. MS Dhoni
Despite the fact that his last Instagram post was made on January 8, 2021, the former Indian captain MS Dhoni has 39.6 million followers, making him the second most followed cricketer on the platform. Dhoni has retired from playing international cricket and now leads a peaceful life. He is rarely active on any social media platforms. Nevertheless, he is still going strong for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL and will be seen guiding them once more in the following season.
3. Sachin Tendulkar
With 36.2 million Instagram followers, Sachin Tendulkar has the third-largest following base among cricketers in the world. The eminent Indian cricketer is a fairly active user of social media, and he was most recently pictured coaching the India Legends squad in the Road Safety World Serie 2022 championship game.
Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, is still a fan favourite and ranks second among Indian cricketers who dominate social media. The Master Blaster has about 31.5 million followers on Instagram, 35.9 million followers on Twitter, and almost 37 million followers on Facebook. He finished his international career with more than 34,000 runs and 100 centuries.
4. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, the current captain of India across all formats, is listed at position four. The elegant batter has almost 64 million followers on social media, including 22.7 million on Instagram, 20 million on Facebook, and 20.1 million on Twitter. The cricket player regularly publishes on social media and is highly active. Rohit is a sporadic social media user who frequently updates his Instagram account.
Being reliable on the field and having won numerous tournaments for India, Rohit is frequently trending on social media following his numerous achievements I ncreasing his online presence as a result.
Additionally, he promotes a number of various social causes in his posts. The veteran Indian cricketer also has a number of endorsements to his credit.
The Mumbai batter may well be in the spotlight now that he has been named India’s captain, which should increase his following on social media.
5. Hardik Pandya
With 23.4 million followers on the Meta-owned Instagram programme, Hardik Pandya is the fifth most popular cricketer there. The Indian all-rounder frequently updates his Instagram account. Everyone who enjoys cricket is aware of Hardik Pandya’s passion for social media and trends. On social media, he receives a tonne of congratulations.