New Delhi, June 15: It's all out war between Indian and Pakistan fans before the Sunday World Cup clash. Interestingly, Wing Commander Abhinandan, hero of the aftermath of India's Balakot air strike has taken the centre stage in this war. Amid this rivarly, now suddenly a picture of a Pak fan with Abhinandan moustache is going viral.
The digital war between the fans of India and Pakistan ahead of the World Cup clash between the two teams on Sunday doesn't seem to end.
Another video has been released in which an Indian and a Pakistani fan are seated at a barber shop. The actor sporting the Pakistani jersey addresses the Indian as "abbu" and gives him a handkerchief.
On being questioned by the Indian, the Pakistani replies that the former will need it to hide his face when the Men in Blue are defeated in Sunday's marquee clash in Manchester.
The Pakistani also remarked that cricket is a strange game which can turn the son into the 'baap'.
The Indian did not reply and nodded a signal to the barber.
The barber then proceeded to give the Pakistani "the Abhinandan cut" -- the signature moustache of the Indian Air Force pilot -- instead of a cut like Shahid Afridi.
Towards the end of the video, the furious Pakistani turned on the barber, lamenting how he will face his friends who are waiting outside.
The Indian fan then handed the handkerchief to his Pakistani counterpart and told him to hide his face with it.
"This game is so unique. It only takes a day for a father to make his son realize that they cannot win the World Cup. You (Pakistanis) remain content with the tea cup left by Abhinandan," he said.
Earlier, the Star television had come out with an advertisement where an Indian supporter describes his country as Pakistan's "abbu" (father). This was a reference to India's domination over their arch-rivals at the World Cup.
Pakistan's Jazz TV responded to that with a a spoof of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to create hype over the match.
That ad depicted the actor playing Abhinandan's role as being questioned by the Pakistanis while sipping tea in the trademark style of the Indian Air Force (IAF) officer.
When he starts to leave after the interrogation session is over, the Pakistani stops him and asks him to leave the cup behind - a sly reference to the World Cup trophy.
After that, another promotional video came which showed an Indian fan shooting down the tyre of a Pakistan supporter's bike who mocked him while asking for petrol to reach the airport.
Towards the end of that ad, the Indian tells his Pakistani counterpart, "Don't dare to challenge two types of people in India - a 'bhakt' and a cricket fan."
He then proceeds to drive away as the Pakistani looks on helplessly.
Tennis star Sania Mirza and cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle have called the advertisements "cringeworthy" saying there was no need to "hype up" the India-Pakistan match with rubbish.
"Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border. Seriously guys, you don't need to 'hype up' or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! It has enough attention already! It's only cricket for God sake, and if you think it's anymore than that then get a grip or get a life!!," tweeted Sania on Wednesday.
"I am disappointed by the pettiness and jingoism that India versus Pakistan at cricket is being reduced to. Hopefully it will be over after tomorrow's game," said Bhogle on Twitter on Saturday.
News24 Bureau with agency inputs
Photo: Google Image