There's little doubt over the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most-admired cricketers around. Dhoni, who is the only captain to win all three ICC trophies (World T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy), may no longer be leading the Indian cricket team but he continues to command respect and receive love from millions of fans in India and across the globe.
Now, there's a notable addition to Dhoni's list of admirers. And it is none other than Priya Prakash Varrier - the social media sensation who has bowled over the entire country with her flirtatious 'wink'.
In an interview to India TV, Priya - who is being dubbed as "India's unofficial national crush" - revealed that Dhoni is her favourite cricketer.
"Dhoni is my favourite cricketer," said Priya.
A wink, and a shy but mischievous smile by Malayalam actress Priya in a 28-second clip from a film song has turned the 18-year-old into an overnight internet sensation.
Priya, who features in the clip from "Manikya malaraya poovi" -- a song from her forthcoming Malayalam film debut "Oru Adaar Love" -- has, in her own words, become a "national trend" on social media. The song was launched online on February 9. It garnered almost 10,000,000 views on YouTube till Tuesday evening.
On Instagram, she has got 2.5 million followers, and got a blue tick. She also has a verified official Facebook page.
Priya's debut film, releasing next month, is written and directed by Omar Lulu, and produced by Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy under the banner of Ousepachan Movie House. It stars a bunch of newcomers and has music by Shaan Rahman.