Virat Kohli nudges MS Dhoni down, takes top spot in IPL 2014

Virat Kohli nudges MS Dhoni down, takes top spot in IPL 2014


Virat Kohli most searched player in the seventh edition of IPL


On-ground performance is also seen to be reflecting in online surge of popularity – but exceptions abound


Mumbai, May 07, 2014: The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) returns to Indian soil after 20 matches in the UAE. With the tournament coming back to home ground, on-line search by cricket enthusiasts has seen an increase as fans are following on and off-ground developments related to their favourite teams and players more closely. As the tournament inches towards the qualifier rounds, Google Search looks at emerging trends and provides insights on what is keeping the fans hooked to the game.


Here are the highlights:


Clearly being in India matters – fans reciprocated the return to home country with a marginal increase in search queries




In addition to fans from India, search trends are also being driven by fans from neighbouring regions including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal and UAE.




Here’s a look at the most popular IPL players who are ruling the search charts since the beginning of this tournament.


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli takes the top spot as the most searched IPL player this season, closely followed by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Skipper Mahendra Singh DhoniYuvraj Singh from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captured the third position.


With one of the most stunning catches taken in cricket history against Royal Challengers Bangalore to his credit, IPL debutant Chris Lynn (KKR) takes the fourth spot as the most searched player.


Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) lead batsman Virendra Sehwag may not have scored big runs on the ground yet, but continues to attract a lot of queries from his fans on Google Search, thus pulling him up to the fifth spot.


Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and Kings XI star performer Glenn Maxwell with three match-winning knocks in this edition of IPL, has also found place in top 10 IPL players on Google Search.


Royal Challengers big man Chris Gayle, Chennai Superkings Suresh Raina, and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan are also among the top 10 trending IPL players on Google Search.


Player Ranking IPL Team
1.       Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore
2.       MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings
3.       Yuvraj Singh Kings XI Punjab
4.       Chris Lynn Kolkata Knight Riders
5.       Virendra Sehwag Kings XI Punjab
6.       Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore
7.       Suresh Raina Chennai Super Kings
8.       Glen Maxwell Kings XI Punjab
9.       Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders
10.   Shikhar Dhawan Sunrisers Hyderabad


Leading the team from the front, RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Chennai Super Kings skipper M S Dhoni continue to be favourites among fans across India..


It is also interesting to note that, Sanjay Bangar (KXIP)- the only Indian coach in this season of IPL, was highly searched on Google, attributed to the extraordinary performance by his team winning all of its five matches held in UAE.


With every performance across teams and players in the ongoing IPL series, excitement levels are also peaking. As the fans closely follow their teams, it would be interesting to look at the changing scenerio in the coming days.



References and Additional Information:


List of Top 10 most searched IPL players on Google Search:


Most Searched Captains:


  1. Virat Kohli
  2. MS Dhoni
  3. Gautam Gambhir
  4. Shikhar Dhawan
  5. Shane Watson
  6. Kevin Peiterson
  7. George Bailey



Top Searched among the various teams in IPL 2014:


Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB):


  1. Virat Kohli
  2. Yuvraj Singh
  3. Chris Gayle
  4. AB DE Villiers
  5. Muttiah Muralidharan


Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):


  1. Chris Lynn
  2. Gautam Gambhir
  3. Sunil Narine
  4. Jacque Kallis
  5. Morne Morkel




Kings XI Punjab (KXIP):


  1. Virendra Sehwag
  2. Glen Maxwell
  3. David Miller
  4. Cheteshwar Pujara
  5. George Bailey


Chennai Superkings (CSK):


  1. M S Dhoni
  2. Suresh Raina
  3. R Ashwin
  4. Ravindra Jadeja
  5. Brendon  McCullum


Delhi Daredevils (DD):


  1. Kevin Pieterson
  2. Dinesh Karthik
  3. Murali karthik
  4. J P Duminy
  5. Shami Ahmed


Mumbai Indians (MI):


  1. Sanju Samson
  2. Shane Watson
  3. Ajinkya  Rahane
  4. Stuart Binny
  5. Unmukt Chand


Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH)


  1. Shikhar Dhawan
  2. Irfan Pathan
  3. Dale Steyn
  4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  5. David Warner



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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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