Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan playfully mocked Mickey Arthur for his unusual comments about the absence of Pakistan fans during the 2023 World Cup match against India in Ahmedabad. Vaughan humorously suggested that Indian captain Rohit Sharma advised the DJ not to play “Dil, Dil, Pakistan” so that Babar Azam and his team wouldn’t win the game.
In the 2023 World Cup match, India easily beat Pakistan by seven wickets at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on October 14. Pakistan batted first and scored 191 runs after starting well at 155/2. India chased down this target in 30.3 overs, with Rohit Sharma scoring the most runs with 86 off 63 balls.
Following the match, Pakistan’s team director, Arthur, remarked that the India-Pakistan game seemed more like an event organized by BCCI rather than ICC. He also mentioned the absence of “Dil Dil Pakistan” chants.
In a recent podcast conversation with Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist, Michael Vaughan playfully shared his thoughts on Arthur’s comments. When Gilchrist complimented Rohit Sharma’s leadership, Vaughan had this to say:
“Gilly, you are absolutely spot on about Rohit. His tactical awareness out in the middle, just managing the players, as you mentioned [Mohammed] Siraj, giving him an extra over just to give him a boost. But his best move without doubt, the move that won the game and the Pakistan coach alluded to it afterwards, is Rohit obviously said to the DJ, just do not play ‘Dil, Dil, Pakistan’. If you play, Pakistan will win. Do not play that song.”
“Make sure that they don’t hear that inspirational song. That was clever from Rohit. Most captains don’t think about things like that – DJs, music. Rohit is ahead of his time,” the former England captain added.
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Rohit Sharma scored the most runs for India with 86, and Jasprit Bumrah was named the best player of the match for taking 2 wickets while giving away only 19 runs in seven overs.
Mickey Arthur’s comments regarding Pakistan’s defeat against India
During a press conference following another World Cup loss to India, Arthur expressed his disappointment that Pakistani fans were not there at the stadium to cheer for their team.
“It didn’t seem like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight,” he said.
Pakistan supporters faced visa problems preventing them from attending the match in Ahmedabad. On the other hand, Babar’s team lost to Australia by a margin of 62 runs in Bengaluru on Friday.