Aaaand he’s back. The Mauka man, aka the character created by Star Sports for their World Twenty20 advert last year, has returned in a sequel commercial, and this time he’s Skyping with Afridi.
The ad is based on India’s four time winning streak against Pakistan in the World Twenty20 series and features a man who appears to have grown up waiting for Pakistan to win so he can put his box full of fireworks to good use.
In the sequel ad, the man talks to ‘Shahid bhai’ over Skype, and entreats him to show India how to hit a sixer. Star Sports, however, is hopeful for a fifth win. Watch the full ad below:
The ad provoked a reaction out of cricket fans from both Pakistan and India:
Some choose to focus on other statistics:
— Ramsha Shaikh (@RamshaikhxD) March 15, 2016
New Mauka ad – India has never won a limited overs game at Calcutta.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 15, 2016
Mauka Mauka moment " India has not won a single match against new zealand in T20s, lost all 5 of them"
— UD (@Keyb0ardMujahid) March 15, 2016
Others admitted they weren’t amused:
#MaukaMauka is back :/
— Saarim Abidi (@SaarimMehdi) March 16, 2016
A few had stronger words for the ad:
I nominate the creator of this year's Mauka Mauka ad for the worst performance by an Indian for a Indo-Pak World Cup match
— CrickBC (@crickBC) March 16, 2016
One Twitter user was particularly miffed by the phonetic goof-up:
Okay Star Sports, its mauQa, not mauka. If you're going to dip into Urdu you better come correct. https://t.co/24YqG61UU6
— Kala Kawa (@kaalakawaa) March 15, 2016
But we liked what the response from TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who acknowledged that we never know what may happen:
— Sanjeev Kapoor (@SanjeevKapoor) March 16, 2016
Here’s to a thrilling match on March 19!
Courtesy : Dawn News