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Top 10 cricketers with most social media following

There are cricketers who like posting regularly but there are a few who like to keep to themselves and rarely post.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Shaun Botterill-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

In this day and age, social media has become a daily part of everybody’s life. With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram among others, social media is used for various purposes. Right from posting pictures to promoting different things, social media is used in every part of life. Hence, there are a lot of cricketers who are pretty active on social media.

The cricketers often post pictures of various kinds, informative content, dish out birthday wishes and also promote ads which they are a part of. It helps the fans get an insight into the cricketers’ life, both on and off the field. There are cricketers who like posting regularly but there are a few who like to keep to themselves and rarely post.

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Hence, here is a look at the top 10 cricketers who have the most followers on social media

10. Chris Gayle – 15 Million

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The Universe Boss is one of the best entertainers in world cricket at the moment. He is an absolute legend in T20 cricket and has been an excellent player for the West Indies over the last two decades. Chris Gayle has donned the Windies jersey for more than 460 times in international cricket.

Gayle is the leading run-getter for West Indies in ODI cricket while he has the third most international runs by a West Indian (behind Brain Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul). While he continues to enjoy the game, there is no dearth of action off the field for Gayle.

The Jamaican opener is a fun-loving character who loves to party. He is very active on Instagram and regularly updates his stories. Gayle has a total of 15 million followers combined across the three platforms (Facebook – 7.8 million, Twitter – 4.4 million and Instagram – 2.8 million).

9. Shikhar Dhawan – 17.8 Million

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Shikhar Dhawan was a slightly late bloomer in international cricket. He was a part of the India Under 19 side in 2004. However, it took six years to make his international debut and another three years to cement his spot in the Indian side.

However, since then, he’s India’s premier white-ball opener. He has been a hit and miss in Test cricket but when it comes to the shorter formats, he has an excellent record. Dhawan more often than not gives India a solid start at the top of the order.

Moreover, some of his on-field celebrations are fan favourites as well which makes him a popular man on social media. Dhawan has 8.9 million followers on Facebook which the most for him when compared to the other two platforms. He has 4.1 million followers on Twitter and 4.8 million on Instagram.

8. AB de Villiers – 18.8 Million

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AB de Villiers is one of the most loved cricketers all around the world. The former South African batsman got some of the loudest cheers in most grounds all over the world. The way he played the game, the way he carried himself, both on and off the field has been very influential.

The former South African skipper played international cricket for more than a decade and a half. He accumulated in excess of 20,000 runs in international cricket as he led the charge with the bat for South Africa in all three formats. De Villiers’ ability to adapt to any format and any situation is quite remarkable. He could bat out a day to draw a Test match or smash 50 in 15 balls to win the game for his side.

Hence, de Villiers was one of the most versatile cricketers. Moreover, he also has a great social media following and is pretty active, especially after he retired from international cricket. The 35-year-old has 8.5 million Instagram, 6.7 million Twitter and 3.6 million Facebook followers which puts him 8th on this list.

7. Harbhajan Singh – 20.3 Million

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Harbhajan Singh was an integral part of the Indian team across all formats right throughout the first decade of 21st century. The Punjab off-spinner has played a crucial part in some of India’s most important wins in all three formats in the 21st century. Be it the World T20 in 2007 or the World Cup in 2011 or in the longest format, Harbhajan has always chipped in and made decent contributions.

In fact, Harbhajan is the only active cricketer apart from Chris Gayle who made his debut in the 20th century. The off-spinner has been out of favour for quite a while now and he consistently plays the IPL. Moreover, he also has some media commitments and has started exploring that area of life as well.

Hence, as a result, Harbhajan is an active social media user. The turnbanator is constantly tweeting about India’s games and the discussion around it. Thus, he has 10.1 million Twitter followers while he has 3.6 million Instagram and 6.6 million Facebook followers.

6. Yuvraj Singh – 26.2 Million

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Yuvraj Singh is the latest Indian cricketer who has announced his retirement from international cricket. The Punjab all-rounder also mentioned that he will not take in the IPL as well. He wants to play in a few T20 leagues around the world. Yuvraj last played international cricket in 2017.

The Punjab southpaw played crucial roles in two out of India’s three big white-ball triumphs in the 21st century. He was at the forefront of India’s win in the World T20 in 2007 and was the player of series in the 2011 World Cup. However, he has also faced massive illnesses in life as he suffered from cancer after the 2011 World Cup. He came back strongly but couldn’t continue in the same vein.

Hence, Yuvraj runs a YouWeCan foundation which is a charity foundation for spreading awareness about cancer. Thus, the 37-year-old has about 14 million followers on Facebook, 4.7 million on Twitter and 7.5 million on Instagram.

5. Suresh Raina – 28.8 Million

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Suresh Raina may be out of favour as far as the Indian team is concerned but he is one of the most popular Indian cricketers going around. The Uttar Pradesh batsman was a part of India’s white-ball set-up for a long time. He was one of MS Dhoni’s trump card. However, inconsistent performances meant that he had to face the axe.

Raina consistently plays domestic cricket and also the IPL. In fact, he is one of the most consistent performers in the IPL and has been the flag-bearer for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) over the years. However, he went through a knee surgery a few days back. He will undergo rehab and look to gain full fitness as soon as possible as the Indian domestic season is not too far away.

Raina intimidated the news of his surgery through social media where he has a total of 28.8 followers across the three big social media platforms. The left-hander has 16.7 million followers on Twitter which is the fourth most on this list. Meanwhile, he has 9 million Instagram followers and 3.1 million followers on Facebook.

4. Rohit Sharma – 36.2 Million

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From the time Rohit Sharma started opening the batting, his career has turned upside down. He has become one of the best white-ball batsmen in world cricket. He is scoring tons of runs at the top of the order and has become a vital part of India’s white-ball setup over the last few years.

Rohit has been in prime form in the recent past. He was India’s leading run-getter in the 2019 World Cup where he struck five hundreds which is the most by any player in the history of World Cup cricket. Moreover, no other batsman has three double tons in ODI cricket and four tons in T20Is.

He is constantly on the road and hence, he posts a lot of pictures and videos on social media. Moreover, he has a very young daughter and he has posted quite a few pictures of her as well. Hence, Rohit has over 10 million followers on all the three big platforms. He has 10.5 million on Instagram, 14.7 million on Twitter and 11 million on Facebook.

3. MS Dhoni – 43.6 Million

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It was way back in December 2004 that a long-haired Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman made his debut for India. After a sluggish start, MS Dhoni’s career took off and he never looked back. He scaled almost all the heights in international cricket. He is one of the most successful Indian captains of all time.

Dhoni is the only captain to lift all three ICC titles and lead the side the No. 1 rank in ICC Test rankings. Moreover, as a batsman, he is one of the best finishers the game has ever seen. His ability to close out games even during high-pressure situations was remarkable. He led India to multiple victories over the years across all formats.

The former Indian skipper may not be very active on social media and yet, he has the second most followers. Dhoni has 15.4 million followers on Instagram while he has 7.7 million and 20.5 million followers on Twitter and Facebook respectively. Most of his recent posts have been about his daughter, Ziva.

2. Sachin Tendulkar – 74.6 Million

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There is no doubt that Sachin Tendulkar is one of the best cricketers to have ever played the game. He is deemed to be one of the greatest ever batsmen to have stepped foot on the cricket field. With the bat, he has conquered almost everything.

No batsman has ever scored as many runs as Tendulkar in the history of the game. The Indian great has scored 34,357 runs in international cricket. He is the leading run-getter in both ODIs and Tests. Tendulkar played the game for about 24 years and scaled magnificent heights.

He retired from all forms of cricket in November 2013 and has been pretty active on social media since then. The Mumbai-born continues to actively follow the game and doesn’t shy away from voicing his opinion. Tendulkar has the maximum followers on Twitter – 30.1 million. Meanwhile, on Facebook and Instagram, he has 28 million and 16.5 million followers respectively. Thus, he comes second on this list of most followed cricketers on social media.

1. Virat Kohli – 107.2 Million

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There’s absolutely no surprise on who is the most followed cricketer on social media. Virat Kohli is by far one of the most popular cricketers in the world. The Indian captain is currently one of the best batsmen across all formats in world cricket at the moment.

The Indian skipper has scored 68 international tons in his career so far. Also, he has amassed in excess of 20,000 international runs in this decade (2010s). Hence, Kohli has consistently churned out runs in all three formats and is at the peak of his powers. Moreover, he has led India to quite a bit of success as captain as well.

Kohli has been quite active on social media. He hasn’t been shy to upload pictures and also promote different brands through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where he has over 30 million followers on each platform. In each of them, he has the most number of followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook individually.

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