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google: Sports Events and CoWIN Dominate Google Searches in India in 2022

Google on Wednesday unveiled its Year in Search (YIS) data for 2022, which highlights the year’s top searches in categories such as trending searches, movies, sports, personalities and what’s up.

The top four trending polls for the year were sporting events, with the Indian Premier League at number one. The government’s vaccination registry portal CoWIN was the second most searched term on Google for 2022, reflecting the country’s exit from the pandemic.

The ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar was the third most searched term on Google in India this year, followed by ‘Asia Cup’ and the recently concluded Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

According to Google, sporting events dominated searches not just in India but across the world. India, however, dominated the search for sports games globally. ‘India v England’ was the most searched match on Google, according to the data. The central government’s controversial Agneepath Scheme was the top search in the ‘what is’ category. The announcement of the Agneepath Scheme saw protests across the country. The ongoing war in Ukraine also had an impact on what Indians searched for on Google, with NATO being the second most searched term in the ‘what is’ category.

NFTs, which were the talk of the town until earlier this year, landed at number three in the ‘what it is’ category.

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‘Brahmastra: Shiva Part 1’ was the most searched film of the year, followed by Kannada blockbuster ‘KGF: Chapter 2’ in second place. ‘The Kashmir Archives’ was the third most searched film in India, followed by another RRR regional hit. The critically acclaimed Kannada hit ‘Kantara’ was ranked fifth.

The most searched personality in India this year was controversial BJP leader Nupur Sharma. She was followed by the new President of India, Draupadi Murmu, and Rishi Sunak, the Indian-born Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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