In a 33-second video released by Pakistan's Jazz TV, the character impersonating Wing Cmdr Abhinandan can be seen sporting the IAF pilot's signature moustache.

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Ahead of the much-anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup, a Pakistan TV channel has aired a promotional advertisement wherein a character mimicking Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been shown.

In a 33-second video released by Pakistan's Jazz TV, the character impersonating Abhinandan can be seen sporting the Indian Air Force pilot's signature moustache. However, instead of a military dress, the character is shown wearing the jersey of the Indian cricket team. 

The look-a-like repeats Abhinandan's viral statement "I'm sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this,” several times in the advertisement as he is asked questions related to India's playing XI and the team's strategy if it wins the toss.

He is also seen sipping a cup of tea -- much like the way Abhinandan was seen in clips made public by the Pakistani authorities after his capture on February 27 when Pakistani jets downed the Air Force pilot's Mig 21 Bison.

After two questions, the character impersonating Abhinandan is told by the interrogator to leave. As the impersonator gets up to leave, he is pulled back by the interrogator who says: "Ek second ruko! cup kahan leke ja raho ho? (Wait a second! Where are you taking the cup?)." The idea to pun on the word "cup" was to refer to the coveted trophy.

A slew of reactions soon followed on Twitter with many voicing their strong opinions. 

Meanwhile, in India, Star Sports has been playing an ad which shows a Bangladesh sportsman telling his Pakistani counterpart that Pakistan will be 7th time lucky when they take on India on Sunday. This is in reference to the fact that Pakistan has never beaten India in their six previous World Cup meetings. The ad also mentions ‘abbu’, as June 16 when the two teams meet, happens to be Father’s Day. 

“Those who give their best never fail and one day we will succeed. This is what ‘abbu’ used to say,” the Pakistani sportsman can be seen saying. Just then, the Indian sportsman butts in and says, “When did I say that?"

India would be aiming to avenge the loss of the 2017 Champions Trophy final, when the two sides meet on June 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester. 

However, in World Cups, India have an excellent record against Pakistan as they have won all the six games they have played so far against the 1992 champions. 

With IANS inputs

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