While, "Coronavirus" topped Google searches, followed by "Election results", and "Kobe Bryant" internationally, Indians, the ardent fans of cricket searched for the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year more than the deadly coronavirus pandemic, as per Google India's 'Year in Search' results released on December 9, 2020.
Yes, although 2020 is a year that will go down in history as the year that changed our lives forever, took millions of lives due to the coronavirus and forced millions of people into unemployment, Indians surprisingly searched about IPL the most more than anything. And coronavirus has been placed only in the second position. The popular cricket tournament had been postponed from its usual schedule this year due to the COVID outbreak.
Other top trending searches in 2020 include the historical US Election Results, PM's Kisan Yojana and Bihar election results.
While IPL remains as Google's top trending searches in India in 2020, coronavirus has topped among the' what is ' searches in the country.
Apart from "What is coronavirus?", Indians also looked up symptoms of Covid-19 and the treatment methods used for coronavirus patients.
Among people, the trending personalities in India 2020 was Joe Biden, who will be sworn in as the 46th US President in January 2021. Biden was followed by Kim Arnab Goswami, Kanika Kapoor, Kim Jong Un and Amitabh Bhachan as the most searched people on Google.
Among the most searched 'news events' in India in 2020' Indian Premier League has once again been topped followed by Coronavirus, US Presidential Elections, Nirbhaya Case and the Beirut Explosion.
Other Google searches in India were largely centred around 'Near me' and 'How to' reflecting Indians' concerns regarding work from home and their dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The top 'Near Me' searches are:
1. Food Shelters near me
2. COVID test near me
3. Crackers shop near me
4. Liquor shops near me
5. Night shelter near me
As COVID-induced lockdown kept people indoors, Indians were eager to know the most about how to make paneer followed by how to increase immunity, make dalgona coffee, link PAN card with the aadhaar card and how to make sanitizer at home, according to the top ' How to' searches.