Virat Kohli smashes it as Most Searched Sportsperson; Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur enter list

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Yahoo today announced the 2017 Year in Review (YIR) for India. YIR is a look at the top newsmakers and happenings which caught the interest of Internet users in India, and were trending in 2017. Ten years ago, we launched this review based on users’ daily search habits and an editorial selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo. Over the last decade, YIR has chronicled the all-consuming passions and shifting preferences of India’s exploding Internet audience.

Politics, cricket and entertainment, stirred in with controversy, captured the Indian Internet user’s attention in 2017. Master strategist Amit Shah, who orchestrated the BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur in 2017 – altering India’s political landscape – was named YIR’s Personality of the Year 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Yahoo India’s Most Searched Personality in 2017, on the back of his government’s news-worthy reforms. Honeypreet Insan’s controversial life and Kapil Sharma’s public fallouts snagged them both spots, with Virat Kohli and Donald Trump rounding off the line-up of Yahoo India’s 10 Most Searched Personalities in 2017.  Sunny Leone continued her reign as Yahoo India’s Most Searched Female Celebrity, while fans of actor Vinod Khanna, who passed away, made their icon this year’s Most Searched Male Celebrity.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a self-assured entry into the YIR Political Newsmakers list, finding his footing alongside seasoned leaders like Prime Minister Modi, and Arun Jaitley. His growing political clout took Adityanath out of his home state and into the national spotlight. Nirmala Sitharaman also stormed into this list when she was named Defence Minister of India, only the second woman to hold this post since Indira Gandhi. President Ram Nath Kovind, Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah and Sushma Swaraj were other prominent Political Newsmakers of 2017.

Meanwhile, Yahoo India’s Most Searched Politicians in 2017 predictably included Indian leaders like Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Sasikala, with one notable overseas import. Yahoo users remained riveted by US President Trump, who refused to budge from this all-desi line up, after his thunderous entry into the Most Searched Politicians list last year.

Away from the celebrities and public figures they follow, Yahoo India users revealed what was top of mind in their everyday lives – Aadhaar was No. 1 on the list of Most Searched Newsy terms of 2017. Close on its heels was the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the major reform in India’s indirect taxation system. GST was also the Top Business Story That Shook the Nation. Other stories that made it to this list were India’s giant leap up 30 places in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking, and Moody’s Investor Services’ first sovereign rating upgrade for India in 14 years.

In 2016, Indian sportswomen and Olympians PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar wrested attention from Cricket to rule as top newsmakers. This year, while Sindhu continued her stellar run online, Virat Kohli smashed his way right back to the top of Yahoo’s India’s Most Searched Sportspeople. He was joined by his super-charged counterparts from women’s cricket, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur. Their popularity skyrocketed after the Indian Women’s Cricket Team had an epic run, reaching the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

If you’re trend-spotting, you might know that small is now the new big. 2017 was the year of the Celebrity baby. Bollywood A-listers and sportspersons who welcomed new additions to their families, saw them become instant stars online. It caused a flurry online when Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar announced his twins to the world, after taking the unconventional route of becoming a single father through surrogacy. Yahoo users embraced the news and avidly followed the progress of Yash and Roohi Johar. They also celebrated the arrival of Nidhyana Jadeja alongside her parents, Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja and wife Reeva Solanki.  Inaaya Naumi Kemmu – Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu daughter and Zack Lalvani – Lisa Haydon and Dino Lalvani’s son, were among the other news-grabbing tots.

Yahoo India users also stayed glued to their favorite stylish Indians. Relative newbies on this list like Mithali Raj, Jhanvi Kapoor, Athiya Shetty and Mira Rajput, held their own alongside style icons like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Malaika Arora, Alia Bhatt, Virat Kohli and Prime Minister Modi. This year’s Best dressed Male and Female celebrities, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor, consistently rocked the red carpet. Both crafted distinctive looks that were keenly followed by Yahoo India users.

What else sparked users’ interest in 2017?  See Year in Review: 2017 for the complete lowdown on 2017’s biggest moments for online India


Most Searched Personality

·         Narendra Modi

·         Vinod Khanna

·         Donald Trump

·         Kulbhushan Jadhav

·         Virat Kohli

·         Yogi Adityanath

·         Rahul Gandhi

·         Vijay Mallya

·         Kapil Sharma

·         Honeypreet Insan

Most Searched Politician

·         Narendra Modi

·         Donald Trump

·         Yogi Adityanath

·         Rahul Gandhi

·         Amit Shah

·         Ram Nath Kovind

·         Sasikala

·         J Jayalalithaa

·         Lalu Prasad Yadav

·         Arvind Kejriwal

Most Searched Celebrity – Female

·         Sunny Leone

·         Priyanka Chopra

·         Aishwarya Rai

·         Katrina Kaif

·         Deepika Padukone

·         Kareena Kapoor

·         Mamata Kulkarni

·         Disha Patani

·         Kavya Madhavan

·         Esha Gupta

Most Searched Personality Celebrity – Male

·         Vinod Khanna

·         Kapil Sharma

·         Dileep

·         Justin Bieber

·         Sunil Grover

·         Kamal Haasan

·         Rajnikanth

·         Salman Khan

·         Rishi Kapoor

·         Amitabh Bachchan

Most Searched Sportspeople

·         Virat Kohli

·         Dhoni

·         P V Sindhu

·         Gautam Gambhir

·         Ravi Shastri

·         Mithali Raj

·         Harmanpreet Kaur

·         S Sreesanth

·         Robin Uthappa

·         Irfan Pathan

Top 10 Most Searched Newsy terms

·         Aadhaar

·         IPL

·         GST

·         ICC Champions Trophy
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

·         FIFA U-17 World Cup

·         AIADMK

·         Ryan School murder case
Kulbhushan Jadhav

·         Vijay Mallya

Top 10 Cricket moments

·         Kuldeep Yadav hat trick

·         Jasprit Bumrah no-ball

·         International cricket returns to Pakistan

·         Bangladesh defeat Australia first time in Tests

·         Rashid Khan’s 7/18 against West Indies

·         Virat Kohli fastest to reach 9,000 ODI runs

·         West Indies’ remarkable comeback to win a Test in England

·         Virat Kohli only second to Sachin Tendulkar in terms of ODI centuries

·         David Miller fastest T20I ton

·         Zimbabwe’s first overseas win in eight years

Top 10 Most Searched Tech terms

·         WhatsApp

·         Smartwatches

·         Jio

·         Redmi

·         Grand Theft Auto (GTA)

·         Samsung mobile

·         Nokia 6

·         Samsung j7

·         Clash of Clans

·         Oppo mobile

Most Searched TV Show

·         Big Boss

·         Shin Chan

·         Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

·         Game Of Thrones

·         Tom and Jerry

·         Motu Patlu

·         Peppa Pig

·         Mr. Bean

·         Kumkum Bhagya

·         Baal Veer

Top 10 Political Newsmakers of 2017

·         Narendra Modi

·         Amit Shah

·         Yogi Adityanath

·         Rahul Gandhi

·         Arun Jaitley

·         Nirmala Sitharaman

·         President Kovind

·         Sushma Swaraj

·         General Bipin Rawat

·         Smriti Irani

Most Searched Movies

·         Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

·         Half Girlfriend

·         Mersal

·         Badrinath Ki Dulhania

·         Judwaa 2

·         Lipstick Under My Burkha

·         Jab Harry Met Sejal

·         Sachin: A Billion Dreams

·         Jagga Jasoos

·         Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Celebrity Babies of 2017

·         Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

Inaaya Naumi Kemmu

·         Lisa Haydon and Dino Lalvani

Zack Lalvani

·         Nisha Rawal and Karan Mehra

Kavish Mehra

·         Deepika Singh and Rohit Raj Goel

Soham Goel

·         Ravindra Jadeja and Reeva Solanki

Nidhyana Jadeja

·         Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani

Radhya Takhtani

·         Karan Johar

Yash Johar and Roohi Johar

·         Celina Jaitley

Arthur Jaitly Haag and Shamsher Jaitly Haag

Top 10 Business Stories That Shook The Nation’

·         The Goods and Services Tax (GST) becomes a reality on July 1, 2017.

·         India’s GDP growth slumped to a three-year low in the April-June quarter.

·         India ranked 100 among 190 countries in the World Banks ease of Doing Business (DB) Report, 2018, released on October 31, 2017.

·         In November, international rating agency Moody’s Investor Services lifted India’s sovereign rating to Baa2 from Baa3.

·         Paradise Papers leak revealed secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth

·         In October, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that Rs. 2.11 lakh crore would be infused into public sector banks over two years.

·         Aadhaar made necessary for a host of financial services and social security scheme.

·         Five associates of State Bank of India became part of the State Bank of India on April 1, 2017.

·         In August, Vishal Sikka resigned as MD and CEO of Infosys and Nandan Nilekani, Infosys co-founder returned as its non-executive chairman.

·         In June 2017, the Cabinet gave an in-principle nod to the strategic disinvestment of Air India.

Best dressed Male and Female celebrity of Bollywood:

·         Priyanka Chopra

·         Shahid Kapoor

Most stylish Indian celebrities of 2017

·         Malaika Arora

·         Kareena Kapoor Khan

·         Athiya Shetty

·         Deepika Padukone

·         Alia Bhatt

·         Jhanvi Kapoor

·         Ranveer Singh

·         Mira Rajput

·         Sidharth Malhotra

·         Ayushmman Khurrana



Harsh Vardhan

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