In a piece of news that would interest and perhaps put a smile across the face of not only cricketers but also entrepreneurs and pretty much everyone connected with India and the auto industry suggests that MS Dhoni- timeless cricket legend and former captain of the Indian team- is the most admired man in all of India, right behind PM Modi.
In notching up such a stellar reputation in a country that happens to be the world’s largest democracy, MS Dhoni’s distinct feat means that he has beaten legends such as Sachin Tendulkar (also known as Master Blaster) and the current cricketing sensation- Virat Kohli, who also happens to be the captain of the national side across all formats.
The survey that placed MS Dhoni on the pedestal of the second-best in terms of overall popularity in India, was conducted by YouGov.
While PM Modi attracted an admiration rating of 15.66 percent, MS Dhoni, second on the list, emerged with a strong 8.58 percent of rating.
That told, other glittering personalities that create a lasting impact on the coveted list include Boxer Mary Kom, who was rated the most admired woman in the country. Tendulkar and Kohli, two batsmen and icons of very high quality, courted a rating of 5.81 percent and 4.46 percent, respectively.
MS Dhoni, of course, is a personality that hardly needs any introduction, having raised the bar of cricketing excellence in a diligent and exceedingly bright playing career that began way back in 2004. It suffices to say that the dashing right-handed batsman and ace wicketkeeper has blazed a trail that countless would love to follow.
But what’s truly emphatic about MS Dhoni occupying the second-best slot on a ranking that has some esteemed names on the list, such as Ratan Tata, Bill Gates among other personalities is that the former Indian Cricket captain is that at his heart, Dhoni, like so many earnest Indians is a car aficionado.
The big-striking right-hander has been a long-time car and bike connoisseur, his car- collection and intrepid love for bikes turning many heads over the past so many years. Dhoni is someone who’s closely attached with Cars24, in the capacity of the firm’s brand ambassador.
That told, it’s worthwhile to visit what Cars24 Co-founder Mr. Gajendra Jangid had to share on the occasion of everyone’s beloved “Mahi” scaling such a fine feat:
We are extremely happy to hear this story about our Partner and Brand ambassador MSD. To be honest, It has not come as a surprise to us that Dhoni has been the most admired man in India. This was one of the reasons for us to associate with MSD. MSD has earned a huge respect over the years for his contribution to Indian cricket. His ability to lead team, solve a problem in a crisis situation, standing tall at tough times is something for all of us to learn from.”