Indian cricketers are the rockstars of world cricket. And, there is no aberration in the aforementioned fact. Regardless of where they play- India or overseas- the Indian fans make it a point to make every game a home game. And, if you talk about the current era, no cricketer enjoys the amount of love that the likes of Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma get from the cricketing folklore.
And, the numbers back their popularity to the hilt. According to the latest research done by SEMrush study, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and the current leader of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli were the most searched cricketers around the world during the period- December 2015 to December 2019. The current Indian captain holds the numero-uno spot, here as well. Kohli was the top-searched cricketer during the said period with an average of 1.76 million queries per month
The only captain to win all the three ICC trophies- T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and Champions Trophy- Dhoni holds the second spot with an average of 9.59 lakh searches each month.
The third spot in the list has been occupied by the ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma, who recorded 7.33 lakh searched per month while swashbuckling all-rounder Hardik Pandya and former Indian World Cup-winning member Yuvraj Singh occupy the fifth and sixth spot with 3.68 lakh and 3.48 lakh searches per month respectively.
Sachin Tendulkar still a favourite among the masses
‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar may have retired way back in November 2013 after playing his 200th Test at his home ground against the West Indies, but the legendary cricketer still enjoys a massive following from its fans. Tendulkar was the fourth most searched cricketer during the said period- December 2015-2019- with 4.51 lakh searched per month.
As for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the said period has also coincided with them being at the height of their powers on the field. During the said period, Kohli not only established himself as the best batsman in the world across all formats, but he also led Team India to many-a-memorable heists; none better than the maiden series win in Australia, while Rohit too has emerged as one of the all-time great white-ball openers of all times.
As for MS Dhoni, he may not have enjoyed the best of forms during the said period, but his cult status among the fans refuses to dilute; perhaps it never will.
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