According to the Top 20 list released by Yahoo, Team India’s current captain Virat Kohli and his predecessor MS Dhoni are the most searched personalities in 2020.
While Kohli is one of the most influential sportsperson, MS Dhoni made headlines because of his retirement announcement. The former Indian captain proclaimed retirement on August 15 ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. It was shocking news for his fans as no one was expecting him to bid adieu to international cricket that time around.
Virat Kohli on 19th and MS Dhoni on 11th spot:
According to a SEMrush study in August, Kohli was searched online for an average of 16.2 lakh per month from January to June this year while the Indian cricket team was searched an average of 2.4 lakh times per month in the same time period.
While Kohli claimed the 19th spot in the top 20 list of most searched personalities, MS Dhoni took the 11th spot and the late actor Sushanth Singh Rajput, who acted in the biopic of Dhoni, took the top spot.
Other cricketers among the top-10, as per the study, were Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, George Mackay, Josh Richards, Hardik Pandya, Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Matthews, and Shreyas Iyer. From January to June 2020, each cricketer, respectively, was searched an average of 9.7, 9.4, 9.1, 7.1, 6.7, 5.4, 4.1, and 3.4 lakh times.
Meanwhile, in the ‘Celebrities with Babies and Pregnancy Announcements’ in 2020 category, Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma clinched the top spot.
Currently, Virat Kohli is leading the team in Australia and have lost the ODI series with one match still left to play. After playing the dead rubber in Canberra on Wednesday, they will play the three-match T20I series followed by the marquee four-match Test series, which will begin from December 17.