Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni – the popular cricketers globally as per study which revealed that the 31-year-old Indian skipper Kohli is the most popular cricketer in the world. Indian team, known as ‘Men in Blue‘ for their jersey colour, has also topped the chart for being the most popular cricket team.
According to a SEMrush study, Kohli was searched online at an average of 16.2 lakh per month while Indian team was searched at an average of 2.4 lakh times per month in the period ranging from January to June this year.
Virat Kohli Is Followed By Rohit Sharma And MS Dhoni As Per Average Searches Online
Other cricketers among the top-10 include Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shreyas Iyer who were searched at an average of 9.7,9.4,9.1,7.1,6.7,5.4,4.1 and 3.4 lakh times.
In regards to the cricket teams, India leads chart and is followed by England, Australia, West Indies, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and were searched at averages of .66,.33,.29,.23,.16,.12,.12,.09,.05,.04 and .03 lakh times per month.
Some Women Cricketers Are Also Ahead of Contemporary Male Cricketers
Cricket followers across the world are even captivated by women cricketers like Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry, who were searched 12th and 20th most times thereby being ahead of top Indian cricketers like Yuvraj Singh and Shikhar Dhawan.
“While we are not entirely surprised by the results of our study, we are excited nonetheless. Finding that Virat Kohli is the most searched cricketer, and India, the most searched cricket team is unsurprising, what’s surprising is that women cricketers are being searched more often than a lot of top-rated men,” Fernando Angulo, Head of Communications, SEMrush said.
“Our study suggests that stereotypes of cricket as a man only sport no longer hold. There is considerable enthusiasm about women cricketers and women playing cricket. In the future, there are likely to be many more women playing cricket, and India, as the most important cricket playing nation is likely to supply many of them,” he added.
The fact that woman cricketers are being searched more often than some men cricketers is really surprising and there is considerable enthusiasm about women playing cricket which may see more women playing cricket in India.