Shahid Afridi mocks India’s ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final loss, sings ‘Mauka Mauka’

Enough of ‘Mauka’ taunts from India, so why would Shahid Afridi miss on the opportunity? The ‘Mauka Mauka’ ad campaign by television broadcaster Star Sports during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, went on to be hugely popular. What started with showing agonies of a Pakistani fan for not winning a single match against India in the history of World Cup, later turned to a mocking gesture. Team India’s phenomenal run in the tournament till the semi-final, saw their fans have the upper hand over other teams.

After the side’s loss to Australia in the semis, fans from Bangladesh and mainly from Pakistan didn’t lose the opportunity to mock the Indians and they took to the social media and ‘Mauka’ taunts went viral. Not missing out on the opportunity to taunt arch-rivals India, Afridi on a television show in Pakistan sang ‘Mauka Mauka’ when asked on what was his reaction to India’s loss in the semis. Afridi referred to a viral video that was shot in the Gulf after India’s semi-final loss, when a few Pakistani fans in the car asked random South Asian people on streets if they were Indians or not and if they said, ‘yes’, they were mocked with “Mauka taunts.” (Read: Shoaib Akhtar’s Mauka Mauka dubstep mix)

India’s loss to Australia was well received by most fans in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It has been reported that post India’s loss in that game, the BCCI headquarter in Mumbai received at least 200 phone calls from Pakistan and Bangladesh, where anti-Indian cricket fans mostly asked, “Mauka mauka! Kya hua mauke ka?”

Afridi has himself had a terrible World Cup and retired from One-Day International (ODI) format after Pakistan’s exit in the quarter-final. Fans in the subcontinent can go into extremes but for a superstar like Afridi to behave in a similar way is bound to have an affect his fan-following in India. But with Afridi, you always expect the unexpected.