New Delhi, India, April 17, 2015: It’s been two weeks since the start of season 8 of the highly celebrated Indian Premier League (IPL) and Google’s search trends are already showing a significant surge of interest among spectators and cricket fans. Interestingly a search trends analysis by Google reflects the craze and enthusiasm for the IPL – the tournament over-shadows search interest (search peaks) witnessed around the just concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Going by the search trends released by Google for the past couple of years, Indian Premier League (IPL) which debuted in 2008 has seen a constant surge in search interest for the first six editions although it did witness a fall in interest during the last season.
Going by the search pattern highlighted below, the league in its 2nd week has already achieved a searches queries second only to the surge witnessed during 2013, the most popular season in IPL history.
Among the teams, Chennai Super Kings once again lived up to its reputation as emerging as the most searched team in IPL this season on Google search. Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians rank second and third respectively while Kings XI Punjab appears in the fourth spot.
Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad take the lower ranks even as Rajasthan Royals currently tops the tournament’s points table based on match results.
Top Trending Match
Fans across the country enjoyed a thrilling encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Chennai. The match emerged as one of the highest searched matches in this this year’s tournament. Delhi Daredevils lost against Chennai Super Kings by a run in this closely fought battle.
Top Searches by Region
A large chunk of search queries on this season’s IPL have been from cricket fans from West Bengal followed by Pondicherry, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Last year (2014), it was Andhra Pradesh followed by Tamil Nadu that led with the highest number of search queries.