New Delhi, India, February 13, 2015: The ICC World Cup 2015 gets off to a glorious start both on-ground and in the digital arena as fans from across the world are beginning to drive huge excitement and buzz as the opening ceremony drew to a close and the on-field battles begin. Search queries from fans are now pouring in from across the world; fans from every cricket loving nation seem to be gearing up to show support for their favourite teams and players online as revealed by global search trends data generated by Google search.
Popular queries based on search results
That cricket is a religion in India, uniting people from all corners of the country is highlighted by Google’s analysis of worldwide searches. Search trends reveal India’s undying love for the game as defending champion TEAM INDIA emerges as the top contender for this year’s World Cup being followed closely by Australia, England, Pakistan and the West Indies.
Among the marquee stars, Virat Kohli followed by Indian skipper MS Dhoni remained the most sought after player. The Indian duo are closely being followed by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. The other foreign players who’re witnessing strong support online include David Warner, Shakib Al Hasan, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith..
Among the captains, search trends show MS Dhoni to be the most searched captain followed closely by AB de Villiers (South Africa), Michael Clarke (Australia), Eoin Morgan (England), and Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan).
Interestingly Australian and English players are dominating the top searched bowlers list in the ICC World Cup 2015. Bowlers who fans consider to be the main threat to batsmen are Mitchell Johnson (Australia), James Anderson (England), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Stuart Broad (England) and final Mohammed Shami (India). Interestingly no bowler from South Africa, West Indies or New Zealand features in this line-up of the top bowlers.
On the other side of the fence, the all-rounders being rooted for the most by fans across the cricketing world and expected to deliver the most solid and consistent performance with both bat and ball areStuart Binny (India), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Steve Smith (Australian), Ravindra Jadeja (India) and Shane Watson (Australian). Fans have not discounted the Hot Steppers (Wicket keepers), who combining both strength and agility will be holding fort from behind the stumps. Top searched favourites include Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock (South African), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), and Brad Haddin (Australian), who fans will be counting on for great action around the stumps.
Even as support by fans for the India team continues to grow on the digital stage, the upcoming match between arch rivals India and Pakistan promises to redefine search trends data and create a new list of favourites.
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