Google has released the Year in Search 2021 list for Pakistan, which is not that surprising. The annual list contains the top 10 searches on Google that receive the most traffic over a sustained period. This year’s list includes searches from different categories like films, TV shows, cricket, and actors. However, cricket dominates the list unlike any other. It is mainly due to the fierce cricket season in Pakistan that included matches from Pakistan Super League (PSL), test series, ODIs, and T20 World Cup.
Year in Search 2021 List
Besides cricket, the searches regarding films and TV shows are rather diverse. They include both local and international entries, unlike other categories. The top 10 searches in Pakistan according to Google’s Year in Search 2021 are as follows:
Cricket Rules Google Searches in Pakistan
First, it is the thing that has made headlines in Pakistan’s Year in Search 2021. It has been doing that for the last 3 years. Cricket is arguably the second religion of Pakistanis. Probably that is why all scheduled matches and series went ahead despite the onslaught of COVID variants. At the beginning of the year, PSL fever took over the country from Feb to June.
Meanwhile, the national team also played against England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and West Indies. There was one series scheduled with New Zealand, but it got cancelled because of unconfirmed security issues. Then from Oct to Nov, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup remained a big deal. There, Pakistan beat India for the first time in a World Cup match.
However, Pakistan vs South Africa remained the most searched term due to SA’s first tour of Pakistan in 14 years. SA arrived in Karachi in February to face green shirts in 2 Tests and 3 T20Is. Cricket fans in Pakistan were thrilled to see their team win its first Test series against SA after 18 years.
Movies and TV Shows
It may be surprising that popular Pakistani dramas like ‘Parizaad’ and Mahira Khan’s ‘Hum Kahan k Sachey Thay’ never made the Year in Search 2021 list. However, the bloody violence seemed to have found its way to the very top of this list. Netflix Korean hit series ‘Squid Game’ was googled the most in the film and TV shows category. Pakistani drama Khuda Aur Mohabbat came on second, whereas Money Heist, Ertugrul, Eternals, Big Boss Season 15, and Marvel’s Black Widow were also on the list.
Interestingly, all the athletes that came in Year in Search 2021 results make up almost all of the Pakistani cricket team. All-rounder Shoaib Malik was the most searched sportsman due to his T20 World Cup 2021 performance. The power Asif Ali came on the second spot, followed by Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, and others who remained a vital part of the Pakistani team this year.
Last year, Pakistan was a little more diverse in all search categories. From weddings to conflicts, everything remained under online debate for a prolonged time. Here is the list of Pakistani celebrities trending on Google in 2020.