India's semi-final exit gave an "opportunity" to Pakistan and Bangladesh fans to make fun of the team and its cricket board with phones ringing at BCCI headquarters and "mauka mauka" singing. Unable to bear this, phone lines were disconnected by BCCI. (Photos - India's journey at WC)
Australia defeated India by 95 runs in the second semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday (March 26). This result brought joy to some of the fans in the neighbouring countries.
According to a report in "The Indian Express" today, BCCI office in Mumbai started receiving phone calls, on landline, the day after India were knocked out of cricket's biggest tournament. BCCI's numbers are available on its website.
These calls were from Pakistan and Bangladesh, who dialled BCCI's number just to poke fun at it and the team following the ouster in last-four.
This of course was a result of host broadcaster "Star Sports" advertisement campaign during the World Cup. The TV channel had run a series of advertisements with the song titled "Mauka, mauka" (Opportunity) making fun of Pakistan and their team as they waited to beat India at a World Cup.
In the advertisement, a Pakistani fan is waiting to burst crackers since 1992 World Cup. He is left disappointed as Pakistan never managed to beat their neighbours in 6 meetings till date, including this year.
Now, it was the turn of Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans to return the favour asking the Indians what happened to the "mauka".
As the BCCI officials picked the calls, the voice at the other end sang "Mauka mauka, kya hua muke ka" (What happened to the opportunity?), according to the newspaper report.
There were 200 calls at the BCCI office with the same lines being sung from the callers. "The BCCI office number is available on our website. These over-zealous people were simply happy that India lost. They pulled a prank on us but after a point it got really irritating. The advertisement was popular but I didn't expect it to come back at us like this," a BCCI staff member told the newspaper.
"The calls started around 4 pm on Friday (March 27). After a point, the BCCI decided to disconnect the lines," the report said.
"We got the telephone company to trace the origin of these calls. A large number of them were from Bangladesh, while the rest were from Pakistan," the BCCI staff member added.
"This is the first time we have received calls from outside the country to mock the Indian team's performance," the staffer said.
At this World Cup, India had beaten both Pakistan (league stage) and Bangladesh (quarter-finals).