Our captain is definitely a favourite with Indian fans. Not just a favourite. THE favourite. This IPL, we saw sportsentis on PlayCKC choose Virat Kohli the most number of times. PlayCKC has two games. PREDICT is the one where fans get to make predictions live as the match happens. SELECT is the one where a fan chooses six matchwinners out of the playing 22, without any constraints. Virat Kohli has been chosen as a matchwinner 60% of the time. This means every time RCB had a match, 60% SELECT submissions declared him as a matchwinner.
The former South African captain and Chennai Super Kings player, Faf du Plessis too has been selected 60% of the time by sportsentis. While Kohli and du Plessis are clearly the two most favourites on PlayCKC SELECT, Kohli’s selection has been more in terms of absolute numbers. This is because RCB matches saw the highest number of SELECT submissions.
While sportsentis were the most invested in Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings XI matches saw the least number of submissions. After RCB, the most favourite team turned out to be Kolkata Knight Riders.
Among top ten, after Kohli, the most chosen Indian players were Shikhar Dhawan (DC), Rohit Sharma (MI). Devdutt Padikkal (RCB), Suryakumar Yadav (MI) and KL Rahul (PBKS). Besides du Plessis, the foreign players who featured in the top ten were Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Rashid Khan (SRH) and AB de Villiers (RCB).
PS. We call our gamers Sportsentis. Well, just a descriptive word for fans. Sportsentis are people who are sentimental about sports.