Virat Kohli, Indian skipper continued his golden run as he was ranked the most valuable celebrity for the fourth year in a row. His brand valuation is estimated at $237.7 million despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, Virat Kohli’s brand value is almost double of the next best celebrity on the list.
According to the Celebrity Brand Valuation Study 2020 by Duff & Phelps, Virat Kohli witnessed a jump of 13.8% and is far ahead of Indian actor Akshay Kumar, who retained the second spot in the rankings with a brand valuation of $118.9 million. Next in line is actor Ranveer Singh with a brand value of $102.9 million.
Virat Kohli Only Cricketer To Make It To Top 10 Most Valued Celebrities Of India
Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to make it to the top-10 most valued celebrities of India. The Indian captain tops the list with the rest of the names being those of Bollywood actors and actress. According to the Celebrity Brand Valuation Study, Indian opener and vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, too, jumped a few spots to grab rank #17 on the list.
Of the top ten most-valued celebrities, only Virat Kohli is outside of the filmdom and of the nine-film stars, only two are females in the 2020 ranking.
With a valuation of USD 51.1 million, Shah Rukh Khan has improved his ranking by a notch to the fourth slot in 2020, while Deepika Padukone is the fifth most valued celeb with USD 50.4 million but down from the third slot in 2019 while young Alia Bhatt has improved to the sixth slot from seventh in 2019 with USD 48 million.
Ayushmann Khurrana has moved up four notches to be placed 6th with a valuation of USD 48 million, but Salman Khan slipped two notches to be placed 8th with a value of USD 45 million, while Amitabh Bachchan is in ninth place(USD 44.2 million) and Hrithik Roshan is ranked 10th (USD 39.4).
Virat Kohli Is Back In Action After A Paternity Break
Coming off the landmark tour of Australia, India will start as firm favourites against England. With captain Virat Kohli returning to an already dangerous batting order comprising of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant and openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma, the team boasts of an impregnable aura.
With Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, as well as Hardik Pandya in the list of players available for selection for the first 2 Tests, India undoubtedly hold the upper hand coming into the series. England will be sternly challenged by a resurgent Indian bowling attack, which has very recently showcased in Australia how intimidating it can be, even without their senior and well-established bowlers.
The series looks set to be as entertaining as the recently concluded series Down Under. The 4-match series promises to be one that fans who are starved of International cricket at home for the past one year would be enthusiastically looking forward to.
Virat Kohli returned to lead the national side after the paternity leave which saw him miss 3 Tests in Australia. The Test series will ultimately decide the second finalist for inaugural World Test Championship as New Zealand have already secured their place for the final.