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Virat Kohli confirmed as world’s most popular cricketer

Virat Kohli is the most popular cricketer in the world after new research revealed the extend of the India captain’s popularity during the recently concluded IPL.

Cricket Bet India’s research reveals that the 31-year-old has been searched for online an average of 797,000 times a month over the past year, making him by far the most popular cricket in the world.

Using data from ahrefs and analysing all 160 players to play in the IPL in 2020, Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya are the most popular cricketers, ahead of stars such as Steve Smith, David Warner and Ben Stokes, who all feature in the top 10 list.

Sharma and Pandya were star performers in this year’s IPL held out in the UAE which saw Mumbai Indians claim a second successive title, but Orange Cap winner KL Rahul was also a success story of the tournament and is the sixth most-searched for cricketer in the world.

Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant attracted more global searches for their names online than RCB favourite AB de Villiers, while Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal were also very popular.

Cricket Bet India has analysed search results for all the IPL cricketers around the world as well as in India, the UK and Australia so you can see which are the most popular players in each ‘Big Three’ nation.

Most popular players around the world

PlayerAverage monthly searches globally
Virat Kohli797,000
Rohit Sharma376,000
Hardik Pandya283,000
MS Dhoni216,000
Steve Smith176,000
David Warner137,000
KL Rahul129,000
Ben Stokes125,000
Sanju Samson114,000
Rishabh Pant110,000
AB de Villiers109,000
All data taken from ahrefs

Most popular players in India

PlayerAverage monthly searches in India
Virat Kohli623,000
Rohit Sharma319,000
Hardik Pandya241,000
MS Dhoni154,000
KL Rahul112,000
Sanju Samson94,000
Rishabh Pant94,000
Shreyas Iyer89,000
Steve Smith82,000
AB de Villiers76,000
David Warner69,000
All data taken from ahrefs

Most popular players in the UK

PlayerAverage monthly searches in the UK
Ben Stokes57,000
Chris Morris33,000
Jofra Archer25,000
Virat Kohli21,000
Jos Buttler21,000
Steve Smith14,000
Sam Curran14,000
Eoin Morgan12,000
Moeen Ali12,000
David Warner9,500
Tom Banton9,000
All data taken from ahrefs

Most popular players in Australia

PlayerAverage monthly searches in Australia
Steve Smith39,000
David Warner22,000
Virat Kohli17,000
Pat Cummins14,000
Rashid Khan12,000
Glenn Maxwell12,000
Marcus Stoinis11,000
Ben Stokes11,000
MS Dhoni10,000
AB de Villiers6,800
Chris Lynn6,800

Cricket Bet India also analysed the popularity of each side competing in the IPL.

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