An in-form Pakistan tackles Australia on Thursday night in the second semi-final of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium. Before the start of the match, cricketer became commentator Aakash Chopra came up with satirical video to preview the match. The video of Chopra’s unorthodox and entertaining preview was posted on Koo. The 59-second track begins with Chopra describing what Australia would say to Pakistan if they were to discuss this match.
Here’s how Chopra described the sham conversation between Australia and Pakistan:
Australia to Pakistan: “Oh, 87 as a semifinal? 99 final to nahi bhoole high, Lord’s ka maidan, 2010 as semi-final, 2015 as quarter-final. (Do you remember the 1987 World Cup semi-final? Or the 1999 World Cup final at Lords? Or the 2010 semi-final, the 2015 quarter-final?) “
Australia: “Kabhi aaj tak ICC mukabalo me ek match jeete ho? Nahi jeete ho, yaar. (Have you ever defeated us in an ICC tournament? No, you have not) “
Then a photo of former Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed flashes on the screen and is replaced by Babar Azam as the song ‘arre woh saal doosra tha, you hall doosra hai‘(it was another year, it’s another year) plays in the background – Chopra’s way of describing the change in the Pakistan cricket team’s leadership.
The dramatization does not end there as an aerial clip from a city plays out on screen and a narrator says, “Khushamdeed ye doosra Pakistan hai. (This is another Pakistan).”
Former Pakistani captain and current prime minister Imran Khan also makes a brief appearance in the video while a clip of one of his rallies plays on screen.
Chopra goes on to tell its viewers how this Pakistani team has not lost a single match in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2016. He then returns to the conversation about Australia and Pakistan using dialogues from the film ‘Chalaang’.
Australia: “Apni gali me om te kutta bhi sher hota hai. (Even a dog behaves like a lion in his backyard) “
Pakistan: “Sahi bole aap, aur hum to hain hi sher (You’re right. And we are lions anyway) “.
Chopra also talks about how both Australia and Pakistan are very dependent on their openers by using the late Bollywood actor Raj Kumar’s famous dialogue from the movie ‘Waqt’ – “Jinke apne ghar shishe ke bane ho, woh dusron pe patthar nahi pheka karte. (Those who live in glass houses should not stone others) “
Chopra also reckoned that the match between Pakistan and Australia would only be about their pace attack, as both teams have some deadly bowlers in line in, among others, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc.
Chopra finds the perfect way to end the video by using a dialogue from the movie ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’. The track ends with the late Irrfan Khan saying: “Aap chahte ho na ki ye jung ho? Hogi, ghamasaan hogi, aapki kasam (You want this war to happen, right? A fierce war will happen, I swear to you). “
Here is Chopra’s video:
Humor aside, tonight’s match has all the hallmarks of an exciting competition.
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