1. Virat Kohli:
Indian captain Virat Kohli tops the chart in terms of popularity on social media. Kohli has a total of 107.2 million followers across social media platforms. He is most followed on Instagram, followed by Facebook and Twitter. He has 39.2 million Insta followers with 37 and 31 million people following him on Facebook and Twitter respectively.
2. Sachin Tendulkar:
With a total of 74.6 million followers, the 'God' of cricket comes second in the list of most followed cricketers on social media. Sachin Tendulkar has over 30 million followers on Twitter and 28 million on Facebook. The master is followed by 16.5 million people on Instagram.
3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
The most successful Indian captain ranks only behind Kohli and Tendulkar as the most followed cricketer on social media. Dhoni has 43.6 million followers across platforms of social media, with Facebook alone accounting for 20.5 million. On the other hand, the 2011 World Cup-winning captain has 15.4 and 7.7 million followers on Instagram and Twitter respectively.
4. Rohit Sharma:
The 'Hitman' cannot be left behind in this list as he has been one of the most popular cricketers of current times. Rohit Sharma has gained a total of 14.7 million followers on Twitter and over 11 million on Facebook. Rohit is also super active on Instagram where he is followed by 10.5 million people.
5. Suresh Raina:
This should come as a surprise because Suresh Raina has not been an active international cricketer off late. But that doesn't seem to have deterred his popularity on social media where he has culminated a total of 28.8 million followers from across platforms. Raina is mostly followed on Twitter where he has 16.7 million followers. On Instagram, the southpaw has over 9 million followers, while his official Facebook page has been followed by 3.1 million people.
6. Yuvraj Singh:
The man of the tournament of 2011 World Cup falls slightly behind Raina in the list of most followed cricketers on social media. With a total of 26.2 million followers, he is the sixth most popular cricketer. Yuvraj has 14 million followers on Facebook and another 7.5 on Instagram. The cancer-survivor also has 4.7 million people following him on Twitter.
7. Harbhajan Singh:
With a total of 20.3 million followers on social media, Harbhajan Singh comes seventh in terms of most popular cricketer on social media. The 'Turbanator' has an active Twitter account of 10.1 million followers, while his Facebook and Instagram handles have 6.6 and 3.6 million followers respectively.
8. AB de Villiers:
With Indian taking up the top seven spots, AB de Villiers is the most followed non-Indian and the eighth most followed cricketer on social media. Mr. 360 has a total of 18.8 million followers with 8.5 accounting from Instagram only. His Twitter handle has an active follower base of 6.7 million people, while his official Facebook page has been followed by 3.6 million people.
9. Shikhar Dhawan:
Rohit Sharma's partner in crime, Shikhar Dhawan comes ninth in the list of most followed cricketers on social media with a total of 17.8 million people. Almost half of Dhawan's followers come from his Facebook page where he has 8.9 million people following him. Instagram and Twitter account for 4.8 and 4.1 million followers respectively.
10. Chris Gayle:
You can't really keep Chris Gayle away when the talk is about popularity. The Universe Boss completes the list of ten most followed cricketers on social media. He has a total of 15 million followers, half of which comes from his Facebook page's 7.8 million followers. His Twitter and Instagram accounts have 4.4 and 2.8 million people following him.