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In cricket, IPL hero M.S. Dhoni regains top spot, Smriti Mandhana leads among women. Neeraj Chopra and P.V. Sindhu head lists in other sports

M.S. Doni (left); Smriti Mandhana; (Photo: Getty Images; Mandar Deodhar)

M.S. Doni (left); Smriti Mandhana; (Photo: Getty Images; Mandar Deodhar)

Suhani Singh

Mumbai,ISSUE DATE: Sep 4, 2023 | UPDATED: Aug 25, 2023 20:36 IST

India Today’s Mood of the Nation poll offers ample proof of how heavily Indians are invested in the Indian Premier League. It’s why Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the IPL for the fifth time with Chennai Super Kings, beat members of the national squad to emerge as India’s number one cricketer. Dhoni, who is hugely popular even after three years of retirement, is succeeded by another former captain, albeit one who is a vital part of the team—Virat Kohli. With the ICC Cricket World Cup on home turf, the pressure is on the likes of Kohli, Rohit Sharma (No. 3) and Hardik Pandya (No. 5) to deliver on the country’s expectations.

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