2014 witnessed a lot of well-known cricketers being in the news for some or the other reason. For example, Pakistan’s offie Saeed Ajmal was banned by ICC because of illegal bowling action. Misbah-ul-Haq, who is generally not highly regarded as a hitter, scored the fastest hundred in Test Cricket (record jointly held with Sir Viv Richards) off just 56 balls against Australia at Abu Dhabi. Mitchell Johnson, named the ICC Cricketer of the Year, terrorized the England batsmen with his lethal pace and attitude and lead Australia to Ashes victory. So going by this, let us take a look at the most searched cricket personalities in 2014:
10. Kevin Pietersen:
Out of favour England batsman’s autobiography – coloured with anecdotes and skewed stories that painted his teammates as authoritarian, nugatory and vindictive – sold extremely well, and that made him feature 10th in the list of the most searched cricket personalities last year.
9. Mohammad Amir:
The PCB appealed to ICC for an early reinstatement to the domestic career of Mohammad Amir, who was banned for five years for his involvement in spot fixing on Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010. The ICC’s responded smartly by saying that the 22-year old fast bowler’s return will ‘take its due time’.
8. Rohit Sharma:
India’s opening batsman in limited overs format was one of the most searched cricket personalities on Yahoo last year because of his magnificient record breaking innings of 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in November. Rohit not only recorded the highest score by an individual in ODIs but also became the first batsmen to score two double hundreds in the 50-over format.
7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar:
The Men in Blue’s lone bright spot on their disappointing tour of England. The tour where the whole team struggled, Bhuvneshwar Kumar stood out with 19 wickets and 247 runs in 5 matches. He also won the Polly Umrigar Award for BCCI Cricketer of the Year 2013-14.
6. Virat Kohli:
India’s most consistent batsman in the past three years across all formats features sixth in the list of the most searched cricket personalities in 2014. Under him, India thrashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in an ODI series at home in November. Kohli also remained in the news because of his link-up with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.
5. Ravi Shastri:
The cricketer turned commentator was appointed as the Director of Indian Cricket Team in the middle of the England tour. It has been learnt his presence in the dressing room is very much appreciated by the players.
4. N Srinivasan:
The SC said that it was to difficult to accept that there was no conflict of interest against N Srinivasan and he was asked how being an IPL team owner and BCCI leader simultaneously were not conflicts of interest.
3. MS Dhoni:
Another overseas loss (against England) meant that it was hard to keep Dhoni out of the news. His retirement from Test Cricket midway through the Border-Gavaskar Trophy also sparked a controversy in Indian media.
2. Late Phillip Hughes:
On November 25th, the cricketing world lost a player who had the ability to become Australia’s one of the best batsmen of all-time.
While batting in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at SCG, Hughes sustained a brain injury and never regained consciousness after that. His unfortunate demise was deeply mourned by the cricketing fraternity and all the ongoing matches were temporarily ceased as a mark of respect.
1. Sachin Tendulkar:
Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian Legend who released his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ last year, tops the list of the most searched cricket personalities in 2014. The book summarizes his early days as a cricketer, his 24-year international career and the aspects of life that haven’t been shared publicly.