In Google’s 25-year history, former India captain and prominent batsman Virat Kohli emerged as the most searched cricketer, surpassing cricket stalwarts like MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rohit Sharma.

Google Inc., established in 1998, celebrated its 25th anniversary by showcasing a video highlighting the most searched people and moments over its 25-year journey. Notably, among cricket personalities, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli stood out. Kohli’s emergence onto the global stage began in 2008 when he led India’s U-19 World Cup triumph, and since then, he has continuously rewritten cricket records. Recently, he made history by surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becoming the first cricketer to hit 50 centuries in One Day Internationals (ODIs), a testament to his unparalleled achievements in the ODI format.

Apart from his leadership role in India and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL for 16 years, Virat Kohli, who succeeded MS Dhoni as India’s captain, recently stepped down as RCB’s skipper. His recent performance in the ODI World Cup showcased his batting prowess, tallying 765 runs, a record for the most runs by a batter in a single edition.

With appearances in 111 Tests, 292 ODIs, and 115 T20Is, Kohli has amassed 80 international centuries while accumulating 8676, 13848, and 4008 runs in the respective formats.

In Google’s 2023 search trends, the Indian Premier League (IPL) claimed the top spot among sports searches in India, surpassing both the Cricket World Cup and the Asia Cup. Following closely behind, the Women’s Premier League secured the fourth place, with the Asian Games ranking fifth.

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Last Updated on December 12, 2023

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