New Delhi : Wrestling Star Sushil Kumar was the most searched Indian athlete on Google during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
A search trend study by Google revealed that Sushil, who won the gold medal in the men’s 74kg-category, was the most searched along with fellow teenage female grappler Vinesh Phogat, who won the gold medal in the 48kg-category Glasgow.
“Fans back home in India continued to bolster their support with increasing interest in these games reflected through online searches on Google. As the curtain went down on the XX Commonwealth Games, India notched up a respectable number of medals. “Badminton remained the most searched sporting discipline as Indian badminton star Parupalli Kashyap became the first Indian man to win a badminton gold at the Games in 32 years. It was a historic win as he clinched the gold for India and generated a lot of buzz online,” said Google in a release.
The search trend also revealed that boxing and wrestling stood second and third, respectively, among the highly searched disciplines during the games. “In this cricket crazy nation, stellar performances by the Indian squad at the Commonwealth Games helped generate a lot of interest and inclination especially with increasing searches by fans in favour of national sports including wrestling, badminton, weightlifting and shooting,” the statement from Google said.
The other Indian athletes who were widely searched online included Vijender Singh, Yogeshwar Dutt, Vikas Gowda and Parupalli Kashyap.