The rivalry between teams and their fans is not an alien term. Many times even broadcasters play a crucial role to add fuel to the excitement of fans by coming up with some creative and funny commercials. One such advertisement was the famous ‘Mauka Mauka’ which came in the 2015 World Cup.
It was basically directed towards Pakistan and Bangladesh who kept on losing against India at ICC events. Indian fans used to tease other cricket nation’s followers by constantly chanting the catchy line ‘Mauka Mauka’. However, contrary to Indian fans, the advertisement infuriated fans of many other teams.
When during the 2015 mega event India walloped Bangladesh by 109 runs in the second quarter-final, the ‘Mauka Mauka’ chant started doing rounds in no time. However, Bangladesh retaliated the loss and sealed the following ODI series by a 2-1 margin. After which the Bangladeshi supporters gave it back by chanting the same catchy line when the ‘Men in Blue’ was walking towards the dressing room.
Now after many years since the famous victory, Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain, in a Facebook live session with Cricfrenzy, recalled how he enjoyed the moment. He stated that when Bangladeshi fans chanted ‘Mauka Mauka’, he felt outstanding.
“I felt very good about that, when the whole India team was going towards the dressing room [ with their head lowered down] the whole gallery was chanting ‘mauka mauka’,” said Nasir.
The 28-year-old reminisced the moment when he grabbed the esteemed wicket of India superstar Virat Kohli. He labelled Kohli’s dismissal as the turning point of the match. However, Nasir also clarified that he had no hard feelings against the Indian talisman as he had played against Kohli at the Under-19 level.
Nasir in the chat spoke about current Kohli’s aggressiveness on the field. He referred to the episode when he trapped the current Indian skipper in front and the umpire raised his finger to show the gates of the pavilion to Kohli. After the wicket, a few stares were exchanged between the two.
“I’ve played against Kohli in the Under-19, and he is like this from that time. We try to be very aggressive on the field that might have happened on that day,” added Nasir.
“I don’t have any hard feelings against him. I didn’t sledge him or anything, but I was indeed delighted to get his wicket. Because we were in need of his wicket very much,” the Rangpur-born added further.