Hardik Pandya surpasses Virat Kohli; Shikhar Dhawan, Cristiano Ronaldo among Most Marketable Athletes 2021
Hardik Pandya is extremely popular among Indian cricketing fans due to its volatile batting techniques. Consequently, he is on top among cricketers in 2021's Most Marketable Athletes.
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has scaled monumental heights ever since breaking into Team India. Known for his lively batting abilities, besides decent pace bowling, he has become an integral part of Team India, especially in the limited-overs squad.
As a result, he has become highly popular due to his cricketing abilities and continued success. Consequently, he has made it to the list of Most Marketable Athletes in 2021.
Interestingly, Pandya happens to be on top among the cricketers. He has surpassed Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was astonishingly omitted from the list of 50 athletes.
While Pandya is placed 11th in the list, senior Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has made his way into the list, ranked 47th. Ironically, Pandya has also surpassed other top sporting icons like Lionel Messi (12th) and Roger Federer (13th).
Among the top ten are modern-day sporting legends like Cristiano Ronaldo (sixth) and Novak Djokovic (ninth). The top two spots are taken by American gymnast Simone Biles and Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka.
SportsPro 50 Most Marketable Athletes (Top ten):
Simone Biles (USA) - Gymnastics
Naomi Osaka (Japan) - Tennis
Ashlyn Harris (USA) - Football
Canelo Alvarez (Mexico) - Boxing
Paulo Dybala (Argentina) - Football
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - Football
Ali Krieger (USA) - Football
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) - Tennis
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) - Tennis
Alex Morgan (USA) - Football
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