Pakistan’s ad on World Cup uses Abhinandan Varthaman as a prop; video goes viral

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The latest ad shared by Pakistan on World Cup 2019 has been making rounds on social media.

New Delhi, June 11:The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play against Pakistan on June 16 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

The excitement to see the two countries on the field is already at its peak. The latest advertisement shared by Pakistan on World Cup 2019 has been making rounds on social media.

In a 33-second video released by Pakistan’s Jazz TV, the character impersonating Abhinandan can be seen sporting the Indian Air Force pilot’s signature moustache. 

In the advertisement, we can see a look-alike of Abhinandan, however, instead of a military dress, the character is shown wearing the jersey of the Indian cricket team. 

The look-a-like repeats Abhinandan’s now-viral statement: “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this” several times in the advertisement as he is asked questions related to India’s playing XI and the team’s strategy if it wins the toss.

He is also seen sipping a cup of tea—much like the way Abhinandan was seen in clips made public by the Pakistani authorities after his capture on February 27.

After two questions, the character impersonating Abhinandan is told by the interrogator to leave. As the impersonator gets up to leave, he is pulled back by the interrogator who says: “Ek second ruko! cup kahan leke ja raho ho? (Wait a second! Where are you taking the cup?).” The idea to pun on the word “cup” was to refer to the coveted trophy.

A journalist who has shared the video said Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s issue was used as a prop.  

The journalist tweeted: “Jazz TV advt on #CWC19 takes the Indo-Pak air duel to new level.  It uses the air duel over Nowshera and Wing Co Abhinandan Varthaman’s issue as a prop. @IAF_MCC @thetribunechd @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia”. 

While the advertisement created a buzz earlier, this time it seems it hasn’t got down well with both sets of supporters. 

India have defeated Pakistan six times in the World Cup starting from the 1992 edition and then in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015.

Star Sports have again created the iconic “Mauka Mauka” ad which becomes popular whenever the two sides meet. — with IANS.