Google Search reveals that online searches intensify as IPL 7 draws to a close

Updated: May 29 2014, 03:49am hrs
With fans and cricket enthusiasts counting down to the final of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), web searches for players and teams have intensified. Whether its the resurgent performance by Mumbai Indians or the stunning game by KKR during the playoffs, each team has been bolstered by the exceptional performance of one player, the Man of the Match.

As fans continue to search and support their favourite teams- Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), have made it to the qualifier games. Heres a look at how things stand on Google Search.

Search Ranking of Teams in the Qualifiers (Ranking in terms of Search Popularity):

1. Chennai Super Kings

2. Kolkata Knight Riders

3. Mumbai Indians

4. Kings XI Punjab

Google Search Trend analysis on Man of the Match award winners in the last 40 odd games highlights the top 10 most searched game changers:

Match winners whose performances reflected a surge in online traffic (in order of search ranking):

1. MS Dhoni

2. Yuvraj Singh

3. AB De Villiers

4. Gautam Gambhir

5. Rohit Sharma

6. Glen Maxwell

7. Dale Steyn

8. Robin Uthappa

9. Ravinder Jadeja

10. Yusuf Pathan

Interesting Search Insights about the Top performers & their performances in the seventh season of Indian Premier League

MS Dhoni:

Awarded Man of the Match for his winning knock against RCB in Bangalore on (May 24) where he remained not out but barely missed out on making a half century hitting 49 runs of 25 balls

Although he is being searched consistently, he saw spikes on April 06 (Start of the IPL) and May 11 when the CSK skipper hit a six and a four in the last over bowled by Kieron Pollard to guide the visitors (Mumbai Indians) home after they needed 11 in final over. CSKs Dwayne Smith won the Man of the match

Yuvraj Singh:

Yuvraj ruled the search charts during the election results week as he slammed an unbeaten 68 of 29 balls cracking nine sixes against Delhi Daredevils. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 16 runs

AB De Villiers:

Searches on AB De Villiers peaked on May 05 as he produced one of the most devastating Twenty20 innings, smashing an unbeaten 89 from just 42 balls to single-handedly power RCB to a sensational four-wicket victory over the Hyderabad outfit during Match 24

Chris Lynns Amazing Catch of AB de Villiers RCB vs KKR | IPL 2014 24th April where he slipped up but then recovered to take an amazing catch arching his back over the rope to take it whilst somehow keeping himself in play. The moment was rejoiced by fans online with peaking number of searches for both AB de Villiers and Lynn too

Gautam Gambhir:

Gambhir anchored the chase to perfection (against KXIP on May 11) with a well-crafted unbeaten 65

News of Gambhir becoming father on May 02 drove even much more attention of the fans as he touched his highest individual search peaks during the season

Rohit Sharma

With consistent performances, sparkling 50 by MI Skipper Rohit Sharma on May 07 against Royal Challengers Bangalore made his presence felt on Google search too

Glenn Maxwell:

Glenn Maxwell with his incredible batting form in this IPL blasted a 38-ball 90 in a stupendous exhibition of strokeplay to single-handedly take Kings XI Punjab to a comprehensive 44-run victory over Chennai Super Kings on May 08, 2014. Maxwells performance amazed the fans as they fuelled searches on Google for Maxwell

Smashing 5 fours and 9 sixes in his innings of 95 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah caught the fancy of the fans as he remained highly searched April 20-23, 2014

Dale Steyn:

Astounding performance by AB De Villiers brushing Dale Steyn in his last over on May 11 in a match that was highly revisited by fans on Google search saw queries on both De Villiers and Dale Steyn on a high.

Robin Utthapa:

Blistering knock by Uthappa against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on May 22 and Yusuf Pathan:

Yusuf Pathan fastest fifty in IPL cached the attention of Fans kept them both trending on Google search.