In the mother of all world cup clashes, India will face Pakistan on June 16th in the city of Manchester in the ongoing world cup. The build to the much hyped match started as Star Sports started showcasing the ad of the clash with a twist of father’s day to it. Pakistan has also tried to hype it up with a way that may be hurting to many people in India.
The Pakistani version of the ad features the lookalike of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was held captive for 60 hours in Pakistan’s custody after his Mig-21 was shot down in a dogfight in a stand-off on 27th February.
Pakistan’s Jazz TV has circulated the advertisement on social media where lookalike of Abhinandan is asked about the strategy, team combination and the taste of the tea. In a similar video posted during the time of Abhinandan’s custody in Pakistan, he was asked to tell about the sensitive information about India’s important installations to which he replied “I’m not supposed to tell you that”.
The ad pokes fun at his accent and the colour of his skin. The lookalike was made to look more black than the real Abhinandan actually is.
Here is the video
Rising tension between the two nations
The two teams last played in Super four stage of Asia cup 2018, where the men in blue emerged victorious. However, after the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019, there has been a huge demand of boycotting the world cup game against Pakistan.
Pakistan has never won a world cup game against India and the latter team stands with an advantage of 6-0 in the show piece event. Pakistani chief selector Inzamam-ul-haq was confident that Sarfaraz Ahmed and company will finally pip India to break the jinx for Pakistan in the ongoing edition.