After the Indian Cricket Team lost the world cup semi-finals, a section of Pakistani fans and media actually ‘celebrated’ India’s World cup exit. India lost to Australia by 95 runs in the semifinal match in Sydney ending a seven-match winning streak in World Cup 2015 for the first time in history. The Pakistanis, who had squeezed into the knockouts, lost to Australia in the quarterfinals too.
The defeat in Sydney left a billion Indians heartbroken but many in Pakistan were quite happy. Top media houses joined their readers in celebrating India’s exit in response to India’s Mauka Mauka videos.
The extent of the joy could be seen from the fact that the first reason was “revenge” – India had walloped Pakistan by 76 at the Adelaide Oval in the first Pool B match. The other ‘significant’ reason was an end to the popular ‘Mauka Mauka’ ad campaign which had poked fun at Pakistani fans while celebrating each of India’s seven straight World Cup 2015 wins.
Some of the fans also pointed out how Pakistan had fought Australia tooth and nail in the quarter-finals while India, according to them, had surrendered helplessly. “So this was the first match played by Indians with the real good team,” wrote Ilyas – a fan – on Dawn.com “Pakistan lose the match vs Australia but with respect.“