Reacting to the news, Virat, in a tweet, thanked his followers for their adoration and support, as topping such a list would require a huge amount of popularity alongside achievements on the sports field.
Can't believe I am the most searched! I must be good at hiding; just kidding. Thank you for your love. Feel blessed???? pic.twitter.com/MBgEPAkYpD
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 17, 2015
The Google list also included the names of India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni, Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer. But they were all beaten by Virat in popularity among fans.
Virat has had a mixed bag in 2015 after beginning the year on a high with a century against Australia in the 4th Test of the Border-Gavaskar Series 2014-15, which was also his first Test as a full-time India captain after MS Dhoni retired from the longest format in December 2014.
He carried the good run into the World Cup notching up a century in India's opening encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan. Although that match proved to be the end of Kohli’s golden run as he couldn't light up cricket pitch for the next couple of months including the World Cup and the IPL, his popularity didn't wane.
And once Kohli returned to form in what was his first full series as the Indian Test captain against Sri Lanka, where he conjured up a hundred in the second Test at Colombo and later on guided India to their first Test series win in the island nation after many year, his popularity started to rise.
But he soared in popularity charts when Team India, under Virat's leadership, beat No. 1 Test side South Africa 3-0 in the four-match Test series.